Tax Levy – Overview

Tax Levy – Overview

In November voters from Miamisburg and Miami Township will have the opportunity to vote on a continuous Miami Valley Fire District 11-mill levy that, if approved by voters, will allow the District to become financially self-reliant and provide a revenue increase. The Board of Trustees of the Miami Valley Fire District voted unanimously to place this issue on the ballot.

Established in 2012, the District provides fire and emergency medical services to residents and businesses in Miamisburg and Miami Township and functions as the second most-active department in Montgomery County, behind only the City of Dayton (based on annual number for calls for service). Over the last decade, that consolidation of services made for a more efficient operation and based on expense projections it would have cost the communities approximately $11 million (City of Miamisburg) and $13 million (Miami Township) more to provide separate fire and emergency services.

Today, the District continues to work from its original revenue budget, despite increasing expenses due to increasing costs for personnel, equipment, utilities and maintenance. Fire and emergency medical runs (known as calls for service), have also continued to climb over the years to nearly 10,000 in 2021. That call volume has grown by 27 percent since the District formed. Current funding is provided primarily from two Miami Township fire levies and a fire levy and general fund contribution from the City of Miamisburg. If the ballot measure is approved by voters in November, those three levies and the City’s contribution will be eliminated.

“Our Board is very pleased that the Miami Valley Fire District has achieved what it was intended to do when it was established,” Board President John Stalder said. “This community continues to be served by dedicated, highly trained first responders, and we’ve been very cost-effective.”

Stalder also said the Board worked closely with staff to consider various options for the District’s financial future before reaching this ballot decision. He noted that the fire/EMS industry is continually evolving and anticipates that future funding priorities will be to replace aging fire and EMS equipment, update or replace fire stations and hire and retain quality firefighters and paramedics.

This 11-mill levy will cost the owner of a $150,000 home within the district $48 monthly. This represents a net increase of $38 monthly for the owner of a $150,000 home in Miamisburg and an increase of $20 monthly for the owner of a $150,000 home in Miami Township. Funds generated by the levy will be used for day-to-day expenses to operate 5 fire stations, provide administrative functions, and replace capital equipment and facilities.

Former Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church, Jr. and former Miami Township Trustee Doug Barry will serve as levy campaign co-chairs.

This article is for information only and is not intended to support or oppose the proposed levy.

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