Boardman levy plan advances

By Ashley Luthern


Township trustees had a first reading Monday of a resolution for a levy renewal to be placed on the November ballot.

Voters should expect to see a 3-mill, five-year renewal levy for the general fund in November.

The trustees are scheduled to have a special meeting at 11:30 a.m. today at the township government center, 8299 Market St., for a second reading of the resolution.

The 3-mill, five-year general-fund levy originally was approved by voters in the early 1980s.

It generates about $1.26 million annually and costs $39.14 annually for the owner of a home valued at $100,000, said Anthony Magnetta, budget analyst in the Mahoning County auditor’s office.

The township’s 2011 budget is $17.1 million.

“We aren’t asking for any new money,” said township Administrator Jason Loree.

Loree said township voters historically have supported renewal levies.

“We need this renewal as much as we needed the additional levy,” Loree said, referring to last week’s special election for a police levy.

That measure, a 3.85-mill, five-year additional levy for police services, was approved by 56.3 percent of voters. The township will begin collecting money from the police levy in April.

In other business, the trustees approved a resolution objecting to a new liquor permit request for Dollar General, 271 Boardman-Canfield Road, and requiring a ballot initiative to the change the precinct, which is currently dry.

This type of objection from the trustees is the township’s standard practice.

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