Southington Township could soon have a paid fire department and EMS service pending the outcome of a newly approved levy.

Township officials approved putting a 7-mill continuous levy on the November ballot.

Funds created by the levy would go toward staffing the department with two firefighters for each shift. Southington's fire department is currently completely volunteer. Trustee Chairman Charles Hagman cites a lowering number of volunteers as a reason the township needs a paid service.

The levy would generate $546,000 a year, totaling about $245 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home. In addition to staffing, Hagman says the funds will pay for equipment, vehicles, repairs, buildings, and other day-to-day needs.

If the levy is passed come November, 2.9 mill in existing fire levies will be terminated.