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Levy to be only issue on ballot in Boardman

Published: Mon, August 1, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. To find your polling location, contact the Mahoning County Board of Elections at 330-783-2474. A valid form of identification is needed to vote. That includes:

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Boardman Police by the numbers

47 officers in 2011

63 officers in 2006

$33,000 starting annual salary for a

police officer

$7.1 million police budget in 2011

$17.1 million total township budget in 2011

By Ashley Luthern



Township residents can vote at their polls from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to decide the fate of an additional police levy.

The 3.85-mill, five-year additional police levy is the only issue Boardman Township voters will see on the special-election ballot. The levy would generate about $3.8 million annually designated for the police department and cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $117 annually.

Nearly 2,000 ballots already have been cast, most from mailed-in absentee ballots, said Thomas McCabe, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

Township trustees have said that if the levy is approved, they would like to hire the following positions over the next two years: 10 additional police officers, one diversion specialist, one advocate, one crime analyst, one secretary, two records clerks and two dispatchers.

A five-year budget forecast from the police department that accounts for employee salary and benefits and the yearly increases in pay puts the average cost of those additions per year at about $1.4 million.

If the levy is approved, trustees have said the amount of money going to the police budget from the general fund would be scaled back by about $2.4 million. The police budget would see an overall increase from $7.1 million, the budget for 2011, to $8.5 million.

A continuing levy approved in the early 1970s now generates about $1.5 million annually. In 2008, voters also supported a safety levy for both police and fire services, generating about $2 million annually.


1Doctore(52 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I will be there first thing in the morning with my family and friends to cast our YES votes! Support Boardman Police and the Boardman community!

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2repeaters(314 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

The point in this article is ,"if the levy passes they would LIKE to hire". There's no guarentee folks.

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Vote NO Boardman. Can you afford the additional taxes?

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4repeaters(314 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Wait a minute, I thought this was a Police Levy, where did all these other people come in to the mix? You can't trust them folks . Vote 'NO' and let THEM make the hard decisions.

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

It's not a police levy (but it should be). It's a tax for the vandals known as the Trustees to spend and waste. Heck, the Boardman Township Trustees should change their names to The Congress of the United States for the ways they have taxed, spent, borrowed and wasted money over the years.

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6Harley_Guy(146 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Vote NO and vote often!!! It's the only thing on the ballot for Boardman - why spend the money on trying to pass a levy when it could have been used to HIRE AN OFFICER for over a year?!?!?

Vote NO!!!!!!!!!

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7Harley_Guy(146 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh ... One more thing...

Please REPORT Poll Harassment!! If you see Boardman Patrol Cruisers around the polling place ... this would be HARASSMENT!!!!

VOTE NO!!!!!

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8topsailwatch(79 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

The comments are typical of the cheap skates that live in Boardman. They all move to Boardman for better police protection and schools and then they vote down the levies. Who do they want to pay for these amenities ??

No one likes taxes, but it is a fact of life. You get what you pay for. One cancellation of a dinner out or a family trip to sports event/concert will easily help pay for the small increase in taxes. It will also make your home investment more stable.

Bite the bullet and vote YES........it may save your life !!

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9endthismess(463 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey... Boardman Township negative registered voting residents.... you got one day to think about where you live and...... if you can afford to pay for higher insurance rates for homeowners & auto coverage, decide if you want to get a CCW license so you can keep a gun in your home, install dusk to dawn nightime lighting and pay for the extra electric bill (no doubt your neighbors won't like it when your new bright lights shine into their bedroooms at night), decide to pay a monthly bill for a new personal security system for your home & garage or feed, care and pick up poop for a few very large dogs. One or all of these choices will all ultimately cost you far more on a yearly basis if you decide to cast a "NO" vote for this new levy. Think this over folks. You are voting on your own security. The cops will be safe They are trained and know what to do even on their own, no matter which way you decide to vote. When you vote no & get rid of your own the police force to save a few bucks annually...YOU ARE GOING TO BE ALL ON YOUR OWN ANNUALLY, shopping and living side by side with the druggies, thieves, robbers, scammers and repeat offender scum bags who'll will break into your house in broad daylight, drag you off your own kitchen chair, throw you on your own kitchen floor, then kick, punch, bloody and beat the crap out of you, leave you for dead and finally walk off with a single old tarnished gold chain yanked from your own neck and $5.00 from your own wallet. Oh, then if you're lucky, you'll make the local 6 o'clock news from your hospital bed and your neighbors will all say to the TV reporter "Something like this has NEVER, not one single time, happened around here! We are all so shocked! We have always had a very peaceful neighborhood here. We are all very close here". Pause for thought...huh.

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10endthismess(463 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Also for you Boardman Township homeowners who are over 65, be sure to put your real estate taxes on the Homestead Exemption Act. Costs nothing to do. Call the Mahoning County Auditor's office to get your application.You'd be a bit happy see how much you can save on your real estate tax bill every 6 months, each year.

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11Harley_Guy(146 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow - TYPICAL scare tactics to try and get more money from people that don't have it ... next thing your going to tell me is that my social security check isn't going to come if we don't raise the debt ceiling!!!

Boardman Township should learn how to balance a budget and tighten purse strings just like the rest of us!


VOTE NO!!!!!!!!

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12joebag09(352 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I am voting NO for the levy and it does not mean I do not support our township or our police! If you think for one second that more officers equates less crime, think again. It is not that simple. I am voting based on past lies and the fact that I cannot afford higher taxes. I cannot believe all this "hype" before the levy. I'll be paying close attention after, especially if the levy passes, to see how things are explained to the public then!

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13candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

What is the retail vacancy rate for Boardman?

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14Dagwood(485 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I would vote YES if this was a levy to bring back "old school police force". You know, the cops that would interpret the law with their clubs, dogs, and shotguns. But sadly if passed this levy will only add more cops to write speeding tickets and bust those dangerous high school parties. Vote No

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15Doctore(52 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

So you are voting to lay off police because liberal laws and mentality have taken their powers away? I see your logic, and don't believe you are responsible enough to vote. They do what they can with what they have. Vote YES!

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16joebag09(352 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

commoncitizen.....now with your"logic" you're just being down right stupid! I guess we should just vote anything presented to us no matter the issue? Like I said, if the levy passes, we'll see what stories all of you come up with.

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17seminole(476 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Funny how it became they would "like" to hire officers when all the bs rhetoric prior to levy day was "going to" hire. This is the stupidity of the levy supporters, ignoring history of the trustees and falling for more childish scare tactics by the police department. Try being accountable for doing your job instead of sitting side by side in vacant hotel parking lots and talking on cell phones while in your cruisers. Last I understood all police business would be conducted over that multi-thousand dollar radio system you goofs bought last levy. Anyone recall that? If you vote for this levy you are more ignorant than the ghetto crawlers and trash cruising through Boardman while the police force does nothing. Not an ounce of pride from these guys, just gimme more so I can rake in $80,000 for nabbing minor shoplifters at WalMart.

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18apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Of course we should vote no. We get what we pay for? How about 5 ex cops who are convicts? How about 85,000 per cop average wage? How about retirement at 50? How about substations that are now closed? How about CALEA that is no longer there? How about trying to sneak a levy by us in August at over 50,000 in cost? Even IF it was a police only levy, with mostly petty crimes and little in the way of serious crime, do we need to pay them the best wages and benefits in Ohio? Time to reign in the overspending trough. Vote no.

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19apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Doctore must be Farris or one of "The Glen" residents.

Crime isn't rampant, that's a myth. The Vindy exposed that lie and all you need do is look at the police blotters in the Vindy.

Selling fear to the foolish.

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20Doctore(52 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Doctore and the Township got it right and will help you pack up and move if you like. Or, you and your little friends can crawl back under your rocks and play with eachother until the next election. Bunch of weenies you are.

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