Valpo approves last contract with township
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent February 14, 2013 11:29PM
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:18PM
VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso Board of Works and Safety approved the last fire protection service agreement between the city and Center Township on Thursday.
“This will be the last year that we have this agreement,” board attorney David Hollenbeck said. “This is the last year that Center Township will have a separate fire protection tax rate.”
The agreement, which has been in place for many years, is for the unincorporated portion of Center Township to pay $1.78 million to the city for fire protection, retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year and continuing through Dec. 31.
Starting next year, both the city and the township will be served by the same fire protection territory. Hollenbeck said the tax rate for fire protection for city residents would remain much the same, but the tax rate for those in unincorporated Center Township will increase slightly so the rates are the same.
A $100,000 home in Valparaiso would see an estimated $3.36 property tax increase in 2014, a $2.02 increase in 2015, and $2.06 increase in 2016.
A $100,000 township home would see a $41.94 property tax increase in 2014, a $2.02 increase in 2015, and $2.06 increase in 2016.
In an effort to streamline the delinquent fee collection process for the city’s ambulance service, the Fire Department is switching to Allied Collection Service of Columbus.
The ambulance service moved to a new billing company last year and wants to keep all the financial aspects of the business online, Scott Arnold, assistant chief for emergency medical services, said.
Allied is licensed to do business in 23 states and has agreements with other companies for fee collection in the states where it is not licensed, he added.
In other business, the board approved posting the speed limit on Institute Street, east of Roosevelt Road, as 20 mph, because the street is narrow and leads to Parkview Elementary School.
The board also approved posting “no parking” signs on Barley Road, off of Indiana 49 to Indiana Beverage, to prevent trucks from parking on the road.