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Muskingum Township, Devola pass 5-year renewal levy

DEVOLA — The residents of East Muskingum Township and Devola passed a five-year renewal levy with almost 74 percent of the vote Tuesday night.

The 1.5-mill levy is a renewal of a tax for the benefit of East Muskingum Fire District for the purpose of fire protection and emergency medical services, according to the Washington County Board of Elections.

The levy was passed for an additional five years and would next be eligible to reappear on ballots in 2026.

There were 354 votes for the levy, with 128 against.

Devola Fire Chief Harold Newlan said Tuesday night he greatly appreciated the township residents for continuing their support.

“It goes to pay our EMS from Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,” explained Newlan. “A lot of volunteers work and we want to make sure we continue to be covered (24 hours a day).”

He said they have three full-time EMS personnel, along with two part-timers “and a pool we pull from in case of vacation.”

Two EMS personnel are on staff for those 12 hour shifts, he added.

During the night shift and weekends, the EMS is staffed by volunteers.

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