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.
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.