A raise in the levy for fire protection which was supposed to go into effect in 1996 for portions of four townships and all of Toledo Township apparently never was put in place.
Toledo Fire Chief Joe Boll told the city council on Monday night, March 26, it was recently discovered the hike from 28 cents per $1,000 valuation to 42 cents never went on the books.
He said it had been decided 16 years ago for both Tama and Toledo fire protection levies to raise to 42 cents.
Boll said Tama did raise the levy in increments to that level over a three-year period. For an unknown or yet-to-be determined reason, Toledo did not.
Boll said it was discovered, in fact, one township rates is 17 cents when it should be at least the 28 cents rate.
A council committee, fire department officers and Toledo City Clerk Julie Wilkerson will meet to determine a course of action. A meeting with township clerks is also anticipated.
The Toledo Fire Department provides protection to parts of Carroll, Crystal, Howard and Otter Creek townships and all of Toledo Township.
Due to changes in valuations over the years it likely is not possible to determine the total amount of revenue the fire department lost out on.