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Perry Township responded correctly on request for funds

February 20, 2012
Morning Journal News

Perry Township Trustees last week wisely told firefighters that the township cannot provide public funds for a first responder program.

Township firefighters had requested $7,267 last fall to cover startup equipment costs for a first responder program. Trustees voiced support for the program's creation, but noted they can't spend fire levy funds for such a project and the general fund isn't able to cover the costs either.

Trustees received a prosecutor's opinion on the issue which stated they can't use fire levy money for the first responder program because that use wasn't indicated when the levy was put before voters.

At a time when most governmental entities are cutting services to reduce costs, the township's involvement in a first responders program which would compete with private ambulance services already available seems to be questionable usage of public funds.

Firefighters indicated they will work on fund-raising efforts to create the program and perhaps request a levy be placed on a future ballot specifically for this purpose.



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