Webber Township voters to decide on fire protection assessment

Webber Township will be asking voters to decide on a special assessment for purchase of a new fire truck.

Webber Township will be asking voters to decide on a special assessment for purchase of a new fire truck.

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WEBBER TWP — With the election just weeks away, voting residents of Webber Township will have a say on whether the township should purchase a new fire truck.

"This is asking voters if they want a special assessment to set up purchasing a fire truck," Webber Township supervisor Ernie Wogatzke said.

The current tanker is almost 25 years old.

"The equipment is outdated over 20-some years, and it is suggested to replace trucks every 20 years. They are subject to rusting, and technology is outdated," Wogatzke said.

Unless the voters turn down the special assessment, there will be two public hearings after the election to determine how much the residents want to pay and what kind of truck to get, Wogatzke said.

"It is important to have the public input. The ballot is just to see if a special assessment would be approved. The township is looking for no more than $25 per parcel for 3,000 parcels, generating $75,000 per year to pay toward a truck. When it is paid for, the amount becomes zero. We cannot maintain fund equity with special assessments," he added.