More Firefighters Will Equal Higher Taxes

If you want better fire protection, you are going to have to pay for it.

That is what Penn Township Fire Department officials say.

Tonight, the township's EMS/task force held its last of three public safety meetings at Schmucker Middle School.

The task force was recently set-up to address staffing needs of the township's fire department.

Last Labor Day, the mostly-volunteer department was slow to respond to a house fire.

Now, officials want to hire more full-time firefighters, but that means taxes will have to go up.

John Smits of Penn Township Fire Department says, "ultimately I think it's going to be up to the public, what level of service do the want, they're the one who are going to tell us whether the are willing to pay for, we'd like to put on at this point 31 additional full-time firefighters, some of those would be paramedics."

These 31 full time firefighters will cost an additional 2.3 million dollars.

The owner of a 100-thousand dollars house could expect to pay about 33 dollars a month for the expanded protection.

The task force will now compile a report of recommendations to be presented to the township trustee.

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