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Fire district asks municipalities to consider mill increase

September 18, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Pictured is Harmony Fire District responding to a vehicle fire.

Harmony Fire District is running out of room.

While that’s a sign of a dedicated crew of emergency volunteers, it means the district needs more space to operate.

Tim Sapienza, Harmony Fire District president, said district leaders have been planning to build a new building since the district first formed in 2015.

“We’re just totally out of room,” Sapienza said.

The fire company covers the communities of Harmony, Zelienople, Jackson and Lancaster. It responds to about 500 calls annually, according to Sapienza, and has about 100 members. Of those members, Sapienza said about 50 are active and 30 are very active.

To help the fire district makes those plans to move to a spot in Zelienople a reality, the company is asking municipal leaders to consider raising local fire tax to 3 mills.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appears in Sunday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.

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