CONCORD TOWNSHIP — Residents in Concord Township will consider a five-year, 3.7-mills renewal levy for fire and medic services on the Nov. 8 ballot.
If the levy is renewed by voters, the levy will commence in 2017 and collect in 2018.
“This operating levy is the only source of funding for fire and emergency medical services to Concord Township,” said Concord Township Trustee Don Pence. “One hundred percent of the dollars received from this levy are used to pay for these critical services.”
The levy costs a homeowner with a value of $100,000 approximately $113.31 per year. In 2016, the levy funds collected approximately $555,785 to pay for the township’s contract services with the city of Troy.
According to Pence, Concord Township’s five-year average for the period 2012 through 2016 with an estimate used for the remaining 2016 is 236 fire responses and 551 EMS responses.
“Over the past five years approximately 14.4 percent of Troy Fire Department EMS runs and 14.9 percent of fire runs have been to Concord Township,” Pence said. “Based on the city’s current budget it is anticipated the township will contribute about 13.0 percent of that total in 2017.”
According to Pence, the city adopted a new method to calculate its share of the department’s services, which are based on “cost per run” information plus overhead factors.
“In addition to the direct costs of operation, this (contract) includes building and equipment depreciation expense, administrative overhead and the actual number of runs that EMS and fire make annually, broken down by political subdivisions,” Pence said. “The contract provides for a five-year average of the number of runs to even out the potential anomalies that may occur in a particular year.”
Pence said the township has not done a feasibility study to have its own fire/EMS services.
“We have not done this projection of cost but based on discussions with other townships that do provide these services through their own departments, (we) believe it would be a much larger number than we currently are paying for this service,” Pence said.
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