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Voters in Boardman approve police levy



Published: Wed, August 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

Voters approved a 3.85-mill, five-year additional police levy by a margin of 1,043 votes — more than double the margin of the November defeat of the same measure.

The Mahoning County Board of Elections reported Tuesday night that 4,655 residents voted for the levy compared with 3,612 voting against it. In November, voters rejected the same measure with 8,473 against and 8,043 for, a difference of 430 votes.

The levy will 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 were cast before Tuesday, most from mailed-in absentee ballots, said Board of Elections Director Thomas McCabe. Of those ballots, 68.3 percent were for the police levy.

Voter turnout was about 26 percent, within the 25- to 30-percent range the board had predicted, McCabe said.

“We’ve said Boardman’s at a crossroads and the public has spoken,” said Trustee Chairman Thomas Costello. “... Now we have to fulfill our promises. We’ve laid out our game plan, and now we have the ability to implement it.”

That game plans refers to the trustees’ pledge to hire these 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.

The township will begin collecting money from this police levy in 2012 — and Costello said that voters should not see any requests for new money for at least five years.

Township administrator Jason Loree said, “There’s every expectation that we can stretch this levy for at least five years but probably 10 years.”

George Farris, a member of the Boardman Coalition Against Crime, which advocated for the levy, called Tuesday’s outcome a “mandate.”

“It’s clear it was an important issue to [residents],” Farris said. “It sent a clear message that we’re starting a new chapter in Boardman. ... We’re drawing a line in the sand and determining our own future.”

Trustees have said, pending levy approval, 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 will see an overall increase from $7.1 million, the budget for 2011, to $8.5 million in 2012.

In 2008, 62.8 percent of township voters approved a 2.2-mill police and fire levy that now generates about $2 million annually.

A continuing levy approved in the early 1970s now generates about $1.5 million annually.

Voters in Trumbull County also approved levy requests Tuesday.

In Bazetta Township, 59.2 percent of voters were in favor of a renewal police levy and 51.7 percent in favor of a roads replacement levy.

The 1.8-mill police levy will raise $254,800 per year for five years, just as it does now. The 0.6-mill, five-year roads replacement levy would raise $98,994 per year. It currently raises $50,375 annually.


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1author50(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend, waste, waste, waste - the mantra of Costello, Calhoun and Moliterno. Hope I am wrong - but by holding us hostage to a special election in August and calling a general fund booster a police levy has left me with a sour taste in my mouth.

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2CantStandYa(110 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Wait, what?

The picture shows Barone and Alsopp tallying votes?

That is a pretty confusing scenario. Someone please tell me that people with an obvious conflict of interest were not the ones tabulating votes for this "special" election.....

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3seminole(476 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

We need to demand a recount. You have a conflict with Alsopp and Barone counting votes. We knew this would be voted in due to the scare tactics. Mark these words and recall them in two years: THEY WILL NOT SPEND THIS ON THE POLICE, THEY WILL MISAPPROPRIATE THE FUNDS, THEY WILL BE ASKING FOR MORE IN TWO YEARS, THEY WILL NOT HIRE ALL THE OFFICERS THEY CLAIMED THEY WOULD. Note the change in language since this started: they will hire, now it's hope to, or want to hire. Thanks to all those that bent over and accepted this scam. You preyed on the emotions of weak spoiled Boardmanites that, somehow, believe this was the answer to stopping the ghetto influence in Boardman. History had no role in the rush to pass this. No one wants to remember the epic failure of the previous levy.The rest of us that actually look beyond our front door know that the ineffectiveness of the Boardman police will continue, even if they do hire additional officers. The excuses are already in place, the stage for no improvement set. You can line them up on Midlothian and they will still sit by and watch the hoodlums and trash come on in. You can not make them do their job. But, in your fear and stupidity, you just handed the Three Stooges a blank check to let things continue as usual, no improvement of the police performance. You just gave them more money to get fat on and pad their salaries.

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4msweetwood(161 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

CantStandYa: They were tallying votes at Los Gallos. The Board of elections counted the actual votes and sent out periodic updates, which those following the election could then use to track how the night was progressing by, say, adding the early votes to the current vote tally.

Mark Ssweetwood
Managing Editor

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5ytown1(392 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Mr Sweetwood, Where did the posts from last night go? Mine we not derogatory or in violation of any rules on the board?

Why were they removed? Censorship?

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6ytown1(392 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The only off color or unnecessary comments were coming form Doctore, fd6636, among others who apparently are Township employees rubbing in the victory. Real adults they have there.

I could see removing them but why were mine, does not make any sense to silence my opinion, as I will continue to post this issue to keep the trustees toes to the proverbial fire. They lied about the 2.2 mil levy and how many officers were to be hired and they are going to do the same, raises are on the way I am afraid, the need to conserve is gone, but we have a right to rescind the 2.2 mil levy along with this one if the lies continue.

We are watching.

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7biteme(36 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Dear Mr Farris,
Having only 25% of the electorate come out to vote with 46% of them voting NO does not make this a MANDATE.
Mr Loree,
This township has NEVER gone 10 years without asking for money from the electorate. Please understand our history so we don't repeat it again, not just dog parks.
I don't believe this POLICE levy would have gone as well had the work been done on after hours personal time by more police employees than fire employees.

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8Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

biteme,
Yeah and the way they didn't publicize voting day much either.That usually happens with an unpopular levy .Lets see how many additional officers are hired as opposed to a swelling of the general fund.Lets also see if it puts a dent in the theft in Boardman.

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9msweetwood(161 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

ytown1: Last night's comments are still on last night's story, which can be found here:

http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/aug/02...

Every story has its own set of comments. We really cannot port a set of comments from one story to a lter story.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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10whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

all you guys from the boardman ghetto had plenty of time to campain against this levy, by putting vote signs in your yard making your neighbors aware of it.

so on and so forth, most of you probably just wrote a few lines on this thread and called it a day.

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11twentyonetwelve(98 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

All the money in the world will not save Boardman. I was just at Wal-Mart. Geeeeeez. Southsiders just pouring into Boardman. Get out now, folks. Just ask the good people who are stuck on the Southside if they wished they would have sold.

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12endthismess(301 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

All you negative Boardman "maybe you went to vote yesterday" residents.... you've got to move on now and stop all your belly aching and whining. It's all over. The trustees know all too well we will be watching to see what goes on with this "new" money coming in April 2013. The votes have been counted. When your car gets ripped off or you are assualted, bet you'll be pretty darn happy to see a Boardman Police cruiser pull up to help you out, take a description of your car or give you a ride home. Seriously, the voters have spoken. Pull yourselves together now, dust off, stop snarling, get out of your tormented tail spin... and let go before you all wear a whole through your tounges. Give people a chance to start working again. PS, nothings gonna happen over night, so don't set a timer on this.

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13HalfUnit(4 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Come on people. Times are tough and taxes keep rising, I get that...but get your facts straight. In Governmental Accounting, the Township is required by the Ohio Revised Code to place monies generated by this "Special Levy" into the Township's Police District Fund. Those monies can only be spent for the items listed on the ballot wording the residents voted on. According to the Township's most recent audit report, the monies in the Police District Fund can only be used to "pay for police protection for the Township.". No where in this audit has the Township been issued a citation for using these revenues for anything other than Police expenses. If you know otherwise and can prove it, I suggest you call the Auditor of State's Office and request to speak to someone in their Special Invesigative Unit. It just seems like people are quick to come up with conspiracy theories when they really don't fully understand how governmental accounting works. And before you say it...I know, governments are all corrupt...

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14Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

"governments are all corrupt..." - - -Nah not in Mahoning County.

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15HalfUnit(4 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Ok, so let's run with the theory that they all are "corrupt." All the blame falls on the governmental officials right? No resident is to blame? Come on!!! Remember, we vote these people into office. If we feel they are misspending our tax dollars...we should just sit back and complain, right???? That solves a lot!!!! As my grandmother said: when you point at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at you!

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16Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Relax you'll live longer.

Lets just hope the dollars get where they are suppose to this time. Your right times are tough and people are concerned not just locally but with what is going on nationally as well.Its over it passed but folks will be watching and I'm sure you can understand that.Lets hope things go well.

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17DwightK(1236 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Will this levy pay for a police sub-station inside Wal-Mart?

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18taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

HALFUNIT:

"Trustees have said, pending levy approval, the amount of money going to the police budget from the general fund would be scaled back by about $2.4 million"

they may be spending the incoming levy on police, they are just taking 2.4 million out the back door! Maybe you don't understand things as you say about otherse.

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19harleydog(203 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The people of Boardman got suckered again by these morons running the township. Guaranteed there will not be ten more officers on the force. They will find some other use for the money that you people just gave them. Didn't you learn your lesson from the last time.

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20HalfUnit(4 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Taxpayer-

My comment was directed toward those like Seminole that make comments like "they will not spend this on police." So I do believe my comment was accurate when you see where I am coming from.

General Fund monies are able to be spent on whatever the township officials deem necessary and are considered for proper public purpose. I am not arguing against you that they are supplementing these special revenue fund levies with General Fund monies. All I am saying is that we as taxpayers need to stop and take a look at the scenario with all the facts and then hold our officials accountable. If we just sit back and complain, how do things get better?

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21L0L(640 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Halfunit-

"Trustees have said, pending levy approval, the amount of money going to the police budget from the general fund would be scaled back by about $2.4 million."

-Those are facts. So yes, the incoming money will go toward the police but their whats the point when you pull out money that they were originally getting? A police levy is designed to raise MORE money for the police stating that they need MORE. Not, lets have a levy, take money from the police budget and then let the police spend the levy money. All that is a numbers game. They can't spend the levy money so they'll spend the money that originally was going to the police. Tell me you're not that stupid?

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22Ianacek(888 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Taxpayer100
All the Boardman Trustees did was to learn from Congress's time tested example .
They would probably not have got voter approval for $2.4 million of spending from the General Fund in a straight vote on that matter ; so they called it a "police levy" (for $1.2 million ) & added an earmark .

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23whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

thats right DODGE they figured only 25 % actually voted. Lazy bums, might as well put you that didnt vote in the same catagory as Pavlick.

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24taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

lanacek-so true. It's a shame that they actually got the levy to pass that way. If they can't do it straight, they shouldn't do it.

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25seminole(476 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Half, your comments are noted but the verbage of scaling back what was voted is the point. They asked for the total, dump over half into the general fund, we all know where that is going to go. This is going to be a cluster.

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26commoncitizen(959 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

If all of you complainers would have attended the meeting that the trustees held (several of them all over Boardman) then you would have been informed on how this levy was goping to be used. Unless and untill you get involved (besides writting blogs after the fact) don't complain.

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27AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Looks like the PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN.

Congrats to the BPD.

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28taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

commoncitizen, I was fully aware of what was happening with the funds and did reiterate it on many posts, as did the articles. I don't know if others paid attention to this, but I still think it's a shame that is passed with this stipulation. The FULL amount should be going toward police if that is what the levy was supposed to be for. Not much more to say about it since it's a done deal.

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29ytown1(392 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't give up so easy taxpayer1001, remember if they make one misstep, the renewal of the [previous 2.2 mil levy is in jeopardy, that can be campaigned against strongly if the officers are not hired, or if they are hired for more than the $16 per hour that nodice say is what they will be paid, or even f they arrogantly give out any kind of raises or increase in the benefits package to offset the additional health care cost, which is usually what happens to raises are given through other items to cover increases like additional cost for health care.

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