AVON

Voters will be asked to renew separate maintenance and equipment levies for the Avon fire and police departments in November.

City council members voted to put the levies on the Nov. 2 ballot at their July 12 meeting.

Both are 0.5-mill, five-year levies. The fire levy raises $420,000 annually, while the police levy raises $400,000. Neither levy would increase taxes.

“We feel it is a necessary renewal to keep the equipment and vehicles up to par,” Finance Director Bill Logan said at the July 6 council work session.

The average home, which is valued over $300,000, the homeowner will pay around $15 per $100,000 in home value in property taxes annually.

Avon Police Capt. Larry Fischbach said the levy gives the department supplemental funds to its budget. The money is used to buy equipment and tools.

The fire levy is crucial to the department because equipment gets worn out quickly, Capt. Brett Bruehler said.

“We’re constantly going out,” Bruehler said. “All our apparatus get used on a frequent basis.”

Voters first approved both levies in May 2002.

The deadline to put the levies on the November ballot is Aug. 4.

Contact this reporter at mheideman@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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