Loveland City Council has approved a Fire and EMS levy to be placed on the May 3, 2022, election ballot for residents’ consideration.
Since the City of Loveland and Symmes Township both share a single Fire and EMS Department, city residents receive service at a shared, reduced cost to both communities. This shared service model reduces duplication and allows cost-sharing that would not be possible with a single system. The voters of Symmes Township approved their levy in 2020.
The May 3 levy is only for the property owners of the City of Loveland to vote upon. The last levy requested for Fire and EMS protection was in 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the levy provide?
The levy will pay for any fire and/or EMS-related expense such as equipment, vehicles, training, etc. It is your tax dollars working to help save lives and property.
What will this cost?
The 1.75 mill levy that will be before voters would cost the owner of a $100k home (appraisal value) $61.25 per year. Thus, for approximately $5.12 per month, residents can retain the current level of service from the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, while fire stations and equipment are able to be maintained.
Will my property taxes increase?
For a proposed levy tax estimate for your specific property, you can contact your County Auditor:
Look for a general notice about the levy on the main website.
How long will the levy last?
This levy is expected to allow the department to operate for the next five years. Through responsible stewardship by City Council and the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, the last 5-year levy (passed in 2014) was able to be stretched to seven years.
Why isn’t Symmes Township voting on the levy?
The township and city vote separately on their fire/EMS levies. The voters of Symmes Township approved their levy in 2020.
How is our fire department performing?
Loveland-Symmes Fire Department has achieved the prestigious ISO rating of 1, the highest rating possible. Only 383 fire departments in the US have achieved this rating. The department is also Nationally Accredited for both Fire and EMS services.
What Residents Are Saying
“They were perfect — fast, caring, professional.”
“Services performed were a life saver. Thank you.”