COVINGTON — Voters in Covington will be voting on Nov. 6 on two renewals of general fund levies that go directly to paying for fire and emergency services contracts.
Residents will vote on a 1.6-mill levy renewal and a 2.2-mill levy renewal. There are two levies due to the levies beginning at different times, but they both fund fire and EMS contracts.
The levies were last replaced five years ago, but they will just be renewals this year, meaning no new taxes. Together, they will generate approximately $153,000 annually.
The levies have also been in existence since at least the 1990s.
“They have been in existence for a long time,” Covington Village Administrator Mike Busse said. “These are general fund levies, but they go entirely to fund fire and EMS.”
The current levies will run through the end of 2018, and if voters approve these renewal levies, they will take effect in 2019.
“It would just be a continuation of the funding levies we have right now,” Busse said.
Covington Fire and Rescue’s approximately 43 members are mostly volunteers, but they do offer a paid EMS service that operates around the clock, which is what the largest portion of those fire and EMS contracts funds. Those employees are on station and ready to respond to EMS calls, which has also improved the station’s response times.
If voters do not vote in favor of these renewal levies, the village will have to find another way to fund their fire and EMS contracts. Mayor Ed McCord noted that the village would also risk losing 24/7 EMS coverage if the renewal levies are not approved.
“These guys do a great job,” Busse said about Covington Fire and Rescue, adding that he hoped that village residents see their value as well.
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