Swanton voters decide fire, parks funding in May

By Rob Wiercinski - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

SWANTON (WTOL) - Voters in several communities will head to the polls next month for the May special election. In Swanton, folks will decide the fate of more than one tax proposal.

Memorial Park

Swanton pooch Grover loves his park, and so do his owners. "About three times a week, we take a walk and play ball," said Swanton resident Chris Rom.

Memorial Park is targeted for various improvements. That's if voters say yes to a 5-year, 0.5 mill levy. If approved, it would generate around $38,000 a year.

Fire truck

The village also has funding needs for its fire department, specifically a new pumper truck. A 5-year, 1.5 mill levy request is also going before voters aimed at generating $115,000 a year.

Considering both measures are replacement rather than renewal levies, if approved they will result in a slight increase in taxes. There is the concern in this bad economy that voters will shoot these measures down.

"I'm always concerned when it comes to elections, always concerned when we're in tough economic times, but voters in Swanton have shown their commitment to having a safe and healthy place to live," said Deacon Dzierzawski with Swanton Village Council.

For this councilman, neither tax measure can be considered a luxury. "Without the pumper, we will not have the ability to ensure adequate fire protection."

About the park, he said, "Memorial Park is a cornerstone of what we do and who we are as a community."

He's hoping voters in the community will also see things that way. At least one does. Rom told News 11, "I know everybody's hurting, but for us it's important. So it's not a big deal for us."

May 5 ballot

The replacement levies for fire operations and park improvements will appear on the Swanton ballot May 5.

Many school levies will also be voted on including Maumee, Springfield Local and Otsego Local Schools.