SALEM -- Butler Township trustees are considering options for repayment of local government funds owed to East Liverpool, including an accelerated payment schedule.
East Liverpool had filed a lawsuit to collect LGF money it said was owed to them for the previous three years and which was erroneously distributed to the other political subdivisions in Columbiana County. East Liverpool won the suit. Last year the township association had agreed to repay the funds to East Liverpool over five years.
However, East Liverpool has asked the State Board of Tax Appeals to order that at least $500,000 of the LGF money owed be repaid sooner than in five years, according to Butler Township Clerk Marilyn Winn, who also serves as secretary for the township association. The tax board has given the township association one month to see what could be done to satisfying East Liverpool's request.
Winn noted that under the terms of the lawsuit, Butler Township owed East Liverpool $35,100 and paid $7,020 in 2001, with $28,080 still owed.
Townships are being asked to consider paying the entire amount owed if their budgets permit, or a percentage of the total still owed. Trustees took the matter under advisement and will decide at their next meeting, Feb. 4.