At its regular meeting on Thursday night, council discussed the $4.5 mill levy, which would give the fire department $153,000 each year.
“We’ve been talking about the fire levy for almost a year and a half now. It’s time to act,” said Bellaire Village Council member Dan Brown. “We can’t continue the way we’re going right now and we have expense problems and issues that need to be taken care of. We also need to support our fire department.”
If passed, the levy would also save the Village approximately $26,000 in money they budget for the fire department each year.
The Village Finance Committee will discuss the levy at its next meeting, before council votes because putting the levy on the November ballot will cost the Village around $3,000 to $5,000.
“We have three funds right now, the enterprise funds are all in the negative, so what we need to do is make sure we have money coming out of another place for that,”Brown explained. “I believe that comes out of the general fund anyway, but we just have to make sure we have a place to turn around and do that. That’s why we bumped it to finance.”
Brown said the money will be used to replace old equipment and trucks as well as for training.
The decision to put the levy on the November ballot must be made by August.