Chardon Township Residents Screwed By Trustees Over Fire & EMS Levy

By: Township Resident

Chardon Twp. has its own venal stooges as Trustees: Chuck Strazinsky, Michael Brown and Tim McKenna, the former and not-so-great Chardon Police Chief.

They voted to place on on this November ballot a Property Tax Increase for an “Additional” three-year, 1.25 mills for Fire & EMS,. If it passes, it will cost the taxpayers $228,746 a year for three years and will appear two months later on the January 2022 tax bill. 

But look what voters approved in the past:

November 3, 2020 a three-year 2.5 mills Fire and EMS renewal levy PASSED.

November 6, 2018 a “Continuing” 1 mill Fire and EMS replacement and increase levy PASSED.

November 7, 2017 a three-year 2.5 mills Fire and EMS renewal levy PASSED.

November 3, 2015 a five-year .75 mill Fire and EMS “Additional” levy PASSED.

November 4, 2014 a three-year 2.5 mills Fire and EMS renewal levy PASSED.

March 6, 2012 (Special Election) a three-year 2.5 mills Fire and EMS renewal levy PASSED.

The really funny thing is that Chardon Township does not own a single piece of fire fighting or EMS equipment. What they do have is a contract with the City of Chardon Fire Department to cover all township fires and EMS emergencies.

What is not so funny is the amount of money the township is paying Chardon. This three-year contract expires 12/31/21:

There are 4,628 people living in Chardon Township and most of the 163 responses in 2020, were for 97 EMS calls and six fires.

To date in 2021, there have been 170 rescue calls and six fires.

As of 01/01/2021 there was $189,918.37 in unencumbered funds in the township Fire and EMS fund and another $42,035.15 in the Special Levy Fund for Fire and EMS. That totals $231,953.52. 

The township anticipated appropriations of $2,225,335.50 for 2021. That number indicates how much they will receive this year and it will be higher next year.

Why are these vipers trying to squeeze more money from people who just had the worst financial year of their lives?

We need trustees who are fiscally responsible and who can negotiate a better contract with Chardon and will stop pretending that we have a fire department. These three bums need to go.

Tell your friends and neighbors to vote “NO” in November on both Chardon Township levies. Both are commencing 2021 (which means they are already going to charge us for this year) and will appear on the Jan. 2022 property taxes if they pass.

4 thoughts on “Chardon Township Residents Screwed By Trustees Over Fire & EMS Levy

  1. Why aren’t the local papers writing about this? I’m disgusted McKenna, that worm, is still sucking blood from the taxpayers. McKenna is the reason that people have hatred for some police, so greedy, he is a tax sucking prick. And he wasn’t that great as a Chief of Police.

  2. From the Pie charts, it looks like they worked, maybe, a few days a month? I’m voting against all levies. This is just a proliferation of nepotism.

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