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Providence Twp fire chief thankful for levy passage

PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Chief Jeremiah Floyd says he couldn't be more relieved that the Providence Township Fire Department levy passed this week.

If it had failed, the department would have had to cut part-time employees, and the chief says that would have increased their response times. But the five-year, 2.5 mill levy passed by a margin of 143 votes.

"To know that the voters were backing the fire department as they did," Floyd said. "As a volunteer and a resident, it is definitely a sigh of relief to know that the levy passed."

The levy was originally placed on the ballot in 1993, and helped purchase a fire truck. Now it's used to pay 10 part-time firefighters to keep the department staffed. If the levy failed, the department would have depended strictly on volunteers.

"The response time definitely would have changed, approximately up to five minutes," Floyd said. "As volunteers, we wouldn't have had the backup of the part-time employees here covering calls while we're at work."

The chief says they were out to thank voters immediately after the levy passed.

"We do know with some of the not votes that we do have some work to do, maybe some improvement, getting involved a little bit more with the public out here and explain to them what they're getting with that 2.5 mill levy," he said.

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