Garfield seeks approval of fire millage renewal, police funding

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

GARFIELD TOWNSHIP – Voters in Garfield Township will have a bit more to consider when heading to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Voters in Boardman, Garfield, Springfield and Orange townships will be voting on a $4.5-million bond proposal for Forest Area Community Schools.

But, Garfield Township voters will have at least two other ballot items to consider before handing in their ballots to election officials.

Garfield Township officials are asking voters to renew a three-year, 1-mill fire protection millage. According to ballot language, the millage would be used for “operating, maintaining and equipping a fire department to provide fire protection.”

The millage, if renewed, would raise an estimated $39,500 in the levy’s first year.

Voters will also be asked to increase their property taxes and approve a new four-year, 0.75-mill proposal to help fund police protection services within Garfield Township.

According to the ballot language, the millage would raise about $30,000 in its first year, if approved.

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