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Tue., 11:30pm: Newton approving fire levy, Falls dropping police levy

November 6, 2012
By RAYMOND L. SMITH Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |

Voters appear to have gone in opposite directions in fire and police levy campaigns in Newton Township and Newton Falls.

Newton Township fire district levy was passing with nearly 52 percent of the vote late Tuesday evening.

The township was seeking money to pay for its portion of the joint fire districts costs that it shares with Newton Falls. The township is supposed to pay $57,032 this year and an increasing amount every year, but its previous half mill levy only raised about $14,000 a year.

The township had been paying its portion from the townships general fund revenue, but in a recent state audit officials were told this was inappropriate use of general fund revenue.

The facts dictated that we needed to pass a fire replacement levy and it appears the voters saw that, Trustee Robert Page said. It was a good turn out at the polls. The fire district has been underfunded for years.

In Newton Falls, a 5-year, 3-mill police levy was failing late Tuesday, with 65 percent of the vote against and 35 percent of the vote for it.



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