There are two fire levies on the ballot in Jefferson County for joint fire districts.
In Short Creek, which encompasses Adena, Smithfield and the unincorporated Smithfield Township, they are asking for a $9 mill levy in order to have 24 hour a day, seven days a week, EMS available as-well-as the possibility of adding another station in Mount Pleasant.
Right now, they are staffed seven days a week 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with stations in Adena and Smithfield. Volunteers fill in the other times.
“Time have changed. Volunteers have so much other things to do in their life between their kids, helping with school work. People working two jobs, longer hours at work, so it really makes it hard to volunteer. You look at, for someone to take an EMT class, it’s $1,500 now,” said Adena and Short Creek Joint Fire District Chief Jim Horton.
Horton says this will increase taxes slightly in Adena and Smithfield, and a good bit more in Smithfield Township, but they have been receiving the EMS service for years without paying much for it.
Click here to view the entire pamphlet detailing the levy.