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Wabash Township Fire Department to hire two full-time firefighters after tax increase approved

Wabash Township is moving forward with a property tax increase for its 2020 budget, but not without controversy

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 10:32 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2019 11:07 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Wabash Township is moving forward with a property tax increase for its 2020 budget, but not without controversy.

Many people there feel there's a lack of transparency and need.

According to the 2020 budget, there is an emergency loan payment of $440,000 set aside for the fire department.

It will allow the township to hire two full-time firefighters with benefits.

Wabash Fire currently has two other full-time firefighters and more than 30 volunteers.

Skeptics said the tax increase of around .06 percent is too high, while supporters said it's needed for the fast growing community.

The Wabash Fire Chief said it's time be proactive for the betterment of the community.

"It doesn't matter how we got here," said fire chief, Ed Ward. "The point is that we are here and we know that we need to grow, but we have to have a plan in place to continue that growth. As the township continues to grow, we need to be prepared to grow with the township."

A link to the Wabash Township 2020 budget is here. 

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