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Buckeye Lake in Danger of Losing its Firefighters
BUCKEYE LAKE (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) Buckeye Lake, a summer vacation spot for many in Central Ohio, could be without a paid fire department.
The departments future will be determined after next weeks election, where voters are asked to support a five-mill levy renewal. If approved, it would cost homeowners $152 a year for every $100,000 of property valuation.
The initial levy expired last year and voters rejected a replacement levy in the spring.
"Simply they won't be able to operate as they do without passing the levy, Mayor Rick Baker said.
Some vocal opponents have criticized the department, its staffing and its response times.
"Confusing things even more is that the board of elections has changed the polling location from right here in Buckeye Lake to seven miles out of town near Hebron," Baker said. "I really don't know what that will do. I just hope we can get the effort to get people to the polls."
Baker said he wishes people who spend summers at Buckeye Lake could also vote there.
"I think those people who are not here would be very much supportive of the fire department," he said.