DeGraff Seeking New Firehouse

The Village of DeGraff Council met in a regular session on Tuesday evening.

Topping the short meeting was the village moving forward with a levy that will take place on the May ballot, to build a new firehouse. Mayor Stephanie Orsborne informed the council that in 2027 the state will require the village to have a new, larger fire engine, and the current firehouse is not large enough to house such a large piece of equipment. The village has prepared for the past two years to present this to the public and is holding meetings to update taxpayers. The levy will include an additional 1/2% income tax for residents that live within the village.

Mayor Osborne gives more details:

The council will next meet on February 2 at 7 PM at Village Hall.


  1. Jesse Kean
    Jesse Kean
    January 17, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    So no one outside the village will have to pay for levy for the fire department even though they are serviced by DeGraff fire? How’s that fair to the citizens of Degraff?

    • Jesse Kean
      Jesse Kean
      January 17, 2023 at 10:03 pm

      The levy that will be on the May ballot is based on income tax only for those who work in the Village of Degraff. It will affect those who also come to work in Degraff as well as the people who live Degraff with earned income. It will not affect seniors on fixed income. The Village has no jurisdiction for people living outside the Village of Degraff and cannot tax them regardless of the fire a**istance. Everyone is welcome to attend a council meeting to ask their questions on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

  2. sandi short
    sandi short
    January 17, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    reply was done by Sandi Short a council member for the Village of Degraff and not sure why it appeared as done by Jesse Kean sorry for the mishap

    • Jesse Kean
      Jesse Kean
      January 18, 2023 at 7:54 am

      I disagree a fire district could be made then a levy could be done and everyone in the service area would have to share the load of the levy. I know DeGraff doesn’t wanna lose power. So you could also have each twp that we service put a levy on then you can contract with each twp for the money brought it by there levy’s some that way everyone’s paying for it not just DeGraff citizens.

    • Diana Gamble Fiscal Officer
      Diana Gamble Fiscal Officer
      January 18, 2023 at 8:31 am

      While it’s not a levy, just as an FYI, Pleasant Township does contract with the village along with two other fire departments for service.

  3. Fair
    January 18, 2023 at 5:55 am

    Just bring back the fair that help for the fire house!

    • your point
      your point
      January 18, 2023 at 8:10 am

      What does one have to do with the other?

  4. Greg
    January 18, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Ever thought about starting a fire district, so that there would be a bigger tax base to collect from? The village isn’t the only area that benefits from the fire dept.

    • Just wondering
      Just wondering
      January 18, 2023 at 8:19 am

      But if you include other cities, don’t you also take on their tax levies?

  5. John Smith
    John Smith
    January 18, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Are there even enough people to man the firehouse still?

  6. Legend
    January 18, 2023 at 9:45 am

    On the verge of a recession, inflation is out of control is a great time to ask struggling citizens for more tax money.

  7. Resident
    January 18, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    I think I thorough look into the budget is the 1st step. As an example could you stop paying the “volunteer” members for attending training and fires and use some of that money toward the new building. Could you ask for the contracted areas for an increase to help support the building? What happened to the money that was brought in, in the past for a new building? I thought a levy was issued years ago for the same thing. A concerned citizen.

  8. Outside the Box
    Outside the Box
    January 18, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Maybe create some jobs in the village and increase income tax revenue.

    DeGraff (notice the lack of s***e because that’s how it was always spelled) has been anti-industry since my brother ran for mayor in the 1990s.

  9. Lisa Rohrbach
    Lisa Rohrbach
    January 18, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    I strongly feel that every one that is included in the service area should share in the tax. That only makes sense. All those involved should have it on their ballot so their input is included.

  10. Question Asker
    Question Asker
    January 19, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    If you are not required to pay the taxes, then should you have the right to vote on it?

  11. Moderator
    January 27, 2023 at 11:48 am

    The DeGraff Fire Department has contracts with surrounding entities for their services.


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