Voters to decide Crystal fire millage language change

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 10:14 am on Friday, July 27, 2012

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — Voters will be asked to change the current language of a fire millage for the Crystal Township Fire Department on Aug. 7.

The current four-year fire millage language, approved by voters in 2010, does not allow monies to be spent on additions or renovations for the fire station because of the wording.

According to Fire Chief Lonny Fitzpatrick, a change in the language would allow firefighters to make improvements to the fire station and add a 40-foot by 60-foot addition.

“This would reduce maintenance costs,” Fitzpatrick said. “Currently we keep two trucks in my pole barn during the winter. During the summer the trucks sit outside, one of the trucks sits in town and the other sits outside the current fire barn.”

If voters approve the proposed resolution on Aug. 7, the new annual fire millage would be at the same rate as the 1 mill that was passed in 2010 and would last for four years, from 2012 through 2015.

According to Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, the only change in the millage is in how the money will be spent. No additional taxes will be increased or decreased.

“Basically we are asking voters to make this change so we can make the additions to the current fire station,” Naumann said. “The current language does not allow us to make those capital improvements, the new language would.”

The additions added to the current structure would allow the township to put all of its vehicles under one roof.

“By placing all of our equipment under one roof will save costs on liability,” Fitzpatrick said. “We won’t have to worry about possible weather damage or anything else that may happen while the vehicles sit outside.”

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