The three countywide levies facing Swanton area voters were approved on Tuesday.
County voters approved a request to renew a five-year, 2-mill emergency medical services levy, and add a 2-mill increase by a margin of 7,319-5,359. The resulting 4 mills will bump up the annual revenue from approximately $1.5 million to approximately $3.6 million. The cost for the owner of a $100,000 home would increase from about $49 per year to about $118 per year.
County Commissioner Bill Rufenacht noted previously the added revenue would meet cost and wage increases. He specifically addressed the need to hire full-time personnel to counter the dearth of EMS volunteers available to respond to emergencies.
A replacement 10-year, 0.5-mill health levy was also approved by voters in Fulton County with 7,299 votes for and 5,300 against, according to unofficial results. It will replace a 0.5-mill levy on the books since 1986. It will generate approximately $248,000 annually at a cost to the owner of a $100,000 home of about $7 per year.
In Lucas County, the Toledo Zoo’s levy for capital improvements was approved by voters 75,204-33,892. The levy is 1.0-mill for 10 years.
Voters in Swanton’s fourth precinct approved Sunday alcohol sales at the American Legion by a vote of 137-64.
Amboy Township voters approved a 1.0-mill fire levy renewal by a vote of 398-134.
Voters in a portion of Swancreek Township voted against zoning in their area by a margin of 108-25.
Harding Township voters approved a five-year, 1.75-mill renewal levy for fire and rescue 186-63.
Voters in Delta approved a recreation levy and aggregation. The renewal of five-year recreation levy which funds community park operations was approved 551-328, according to unofficial results.
The village has also unofficially approved aggregation 436-405. It will permit the village to act as a purchasing agent for residents’ electrical needs. Peebles said aggregating electric loads could save individual residents up to $150 to $200 annually.