• Bill Raines

Lawrence County Fire Territory Approved During Advisory Board Meeting Thursday Night

BEDFORD - ( March 31, 2022) - Lawrence County Fire Territory was approved during a meeting Thursday night; at the Shawswick Fire Station on Sunny Acres Drive.


Lawrence County Fire Territory was approved Thursday night


Both advisory boards of Shawswick and Guthrie Township approved the proposal of forming a fire territory for the two townships.


Call volume for all Lawrence County volunteer fire departments have increased and fires like the one on Rardien Hill Road requires a lot of resources from other departments


The fire territory will bring about a 24 -hour, seven day week staffing of four firefighters and emergency medical personnel.


" I am pleased with both township advisory boards approving this. This is a long time coming and will improve fire protection and EMS responses. It is our hope, that other fire departments throughout Lawrence County join the territory," said Bobby Brown following tonights vote.


The territory will staff an ambulance at the fire station, that is a BLS - Ambulance. This comes following the volunteer fire departments throughout the county having to wait on out of county ambulances to transport patients to the hospital.


County volunteer fire departments have waited as much as thirty - forty minutes for out of county ambulance to transport patients. Lawrence County does not have a contractual dedicated 911 ambulance service


Having to wait on out of county ambulances have been a normal thing ;for a very long time for the volunteer fire departments.


Lawrence County does not have a contracted dedicated 911 ambulance service, which has relied on the two hospitals to provide ambulance coverage. Both hospitals have used their ambulance service for inter-facility transfers to other hospitals with more advanced care.


Proposed Fire Territory tax impact:


General Fund: Budget: $673,290 Tax Levy: $630,000 Projected Tax Rate: - .2493


Cumulative Fire Fund: Budget: $78,000 Tax Levy: $84,139 Projected Tax Rate: .0333


Debt Fund: Budget: $82,800 Tax Levy: $89,872 Projected Tax Rate: .0356


Totals: Budget: $834,090 Tax Levy: $804,011 Projected Tax Rate: .3182


Taxpayers Monthly Impact


  • Residential - $50,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $1.76 Guthrie Twp. $1.95

  • Residential - $100,000 Assessed Value Shawsick Twp. $5.76 Guthrie Twp. $6.40

  • Residential - $150,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $11.47 Guthrie Twp. $12.75

  • Agriculture - $100,0000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $17.57 Guthrie Twp. $19.54

  • Agriculture - $200,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $35.15 Guthrie Twp. $39.08

  • Agriculture - $250,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $43,93 Guthrie Twp. $48.86

  • Commercial - $100,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $17.57 Guthrie Twp. $19.54

  • Commercial -$200,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $35.15 Guthrie Twp. $39.08

  • Commercial - $300,000 Assessed Value Shawswick Twp. $52.72 Guthrie Twp. $58.63


Projected Impact on Local Income Tax

  • Lawrence County Impact from Local Income Tax - loss of $51,201

  • Bono Township - loss of $48

  • Guthrie Township - loss of $16,809

  • Indian Creek Township - loss of $281

  • Marion Township -loss of $874

  • Marshall Township - loss of $496

  • Perry Township -loss of $189

  • Pleasant Run Township - loss of $271

  • Shawswick Township - gain of $112,611

  • Spice Valley Township - loss of $273

  • Bedford Civil City - loss of $45,234

  • Mitchell Civil City - loss of $7,247

  • Oolitic Civil Town - loss of $765

  • North Lawrence Community School Corporation - Loss of $5,273

  • Mitchell Community Schools - loss of $2,833

  • Bedford Public Library - loss of $6,620

  • Mitchell Community Public Library - Loss of $1,718

  • Lawrence County Solid Waste District - $6,197


At this time, it is not known whether the Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department will receive any public safety income tax revenue once the fire territory is formed. The majority of the Public Safety Income Tax is given to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and Lawrence County Jail for their operations.


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The Public Safety Income Tax Funds came after the volunteer fire departments had to ask for the funds following a special tax that was implemented to help the City of Bedford Fire and Police Department fund staffing levels, and Lawrence County Sheriff Department for staffing and jail.




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