The City of Lebanon has placed language on the ballot that would increase the City income tax from 1% to 1.5% that, if approved, would automatically reduce the existing Fire property tax levy by 3 mills. All additional revenue generated from the .5% income tax increase will be directed to Fire and EMS.
The Lebanon Division of Fire is committed to providing outstanding fire and emergency medical services to the community. The number of service calls to the department has increased by 25% over the past 5 years. Under current funding levels, the department must rely on a combination of full-time and part-time staff to fill each shift. Due to regional part-time labor shortages, the number of available part-time Fire and EMS personnel has decreased by 75%.
A shortage of part-time staff can result in fire station closings which lengthens response times. A full-time department is necessary to continue to provide the quality Fire and EMS services that the community relies on.
The Fire & EMS Income Tax Levy will support:
- Hiring additional full-time Fire/EMS employees to eliminate reliance on part-time staffing.
- Respond to increased calls for service/avoid temporary fire station closings.
- Reducing the existing Fire property tax levy by 3 mills.
For more information about the Fire & EMS Income Tax Levy, please click here
The Lebanon Division of Fire and the City of Lebanon are hosting Fire Levy information meetings in August, September and October. This is an opportunity to learn about Lebanon's Fire & EMS operations with the Fire Chief, City Manager and other City Officials. Fire Levy Information Meeting Dates & LocationsAugust 23, 7 pm
Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield RoadAugust 24, 7:30 am
Coffee Caravan, 706 Deerfield RoadAugust 31, 6 pm
Fire Station 41, 601 N BroadwaySeptember 13, 6 pm
New Freedom Church, 840 Miller RoadSeptember 21, 6 pm
Fire Station 41, 601 N BroadwayOctober 19, 7:30 am
Coffee Caravan, 706 Deerfield Road