Fire levy passes in Union Township


In Union Township, a 1-mill, five-year replacement levy for fire protection passed by over 180 votes, according to unofficial results from the Fayette County Board of Election

Three precincts voted on the measure to replace the levy with 336 (68.85 percent) voting “For” and 152 (31.15 percent) voting “Against.” There were eight under votes and one over vote.

“It feels great to get that passed today,” Union Township Trustee Clyde Fyffe said following the special election Tuesday. “On behalf of the other trustees, we would like to thank each and every voter who came out and voted. To get the support like that is a good feeling.”

Fyffe said that the five-year replacement levy was passed at the same millage rate, which he said was a good thing to be able to do. One thing Fyffe said about the levy is that residents should check with their home owner insurance provider. Having a full-time fire department serving their area could result in a discount on insurance. Fyffe said that this is not guaranteed, but each homeowner could save a little money on their insurance thanks to passing the levy and each should check to see if they qualify.

“Obviously we want to provide safety for our residents that live in Union Township and that is our number one goal I think,” Fyffe said. “(We want) to make sure we have a good fire department, which we have that in Washington Court House, and they have a good response time for the township. So I think first and foremost is the safety of the residents and with this passing that will be able to continue.”

In the near future, Fyffe said that Union Township is not due for any additional levies. He said that one thing they are working on with the county are several road paving projects in the township.

“That is another positive, you know anytime you can do anything on the roads, so that is something we are trying to get done also,” Fyffe said. “Most of all we just want to thank all of those who came out and voted for their support and thank everyone for voting. Whether they voted for or against at least they came out and voted, and that is the most important thing.”

Union Township Trustees meet every second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Union Township Hall.

By Martin Graham

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