WELLSVILLE - The fate of a pair of renewal levies were secured by Wellsville residents on Tuesday. Voters approved a 1.4-mill fire protection renewal levy 72 to 28 percent. The levy will generate $32,500 annually during its five-year term, with funds going toward the daily operations of the Wellsville Fire Department.
Also on the ballot in Wellsville was a five-year, 0.5-mill levy for maintenance of the village flood control system, which passed 74 to 26 percent. The estimated $12,900 generated by the levy will go toward upkeep of the village floodwall, levees and flood control pumps.
Village Mayor Susan Haugh expressed her thanks to the residents of Wellsville for passing both levies by substantial margins. She said the victories were well-deserved and congratulated both firefighters and the voters who supported them. "Our fire department is second to none, and during tough times, our village continues to stand behind them," Haugh said.
Asked if she thought the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy, which brought several inches of rain and a flood watch to the river valley last week, may have played any role in the minds of voters, Haugh said no. "The voters have always been very supportive of both fire and flood levies," she said.
The mayor pointed to the passage of the flood control issue as evidence that the village is committed to regaining the certification recently lost from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "There has been so much progress made with our flood levee this past year, and passing this levy will be further proof to FEMA that our village is committed to its improvement," she said.