City of Loveland voters passed the fire safety levy on the May 3 ballot with nearly 61% of the votes, according to election results.
"The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department appreciates the support from the community. Public safety is an important responsibility, and confidence from the community helps us complete our mission," said LSFD Fire Chief Otto Huber.
The levy implements a tax for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire and/or EMS-related equipment expenses like fire apparatus, mechanical resuscitators, underwater rescue and recovery equipment, buildings, sources of water supply and materials, and the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire-alarm communications. It also provides funding for training.
Since the City of Loveland and Symmes Township both share a single Fire and EMS Department, city residents receive service at a shared, reduced cost to both communities. This shared service model reduces duplication and allows cost sharing that would not be possible with a single system.
Each community votes separately on levies. The voters of Symmes Township approved their respective levy in 2020.
The last time City of Loveland voters voted on a levy for Fire and EMS protection was in 2014.