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Austintown seeks replacement of police levy

Published: Thu, December 1, 2011 @ 9:03 p.m.

AUSTINTOWN — Township trustees approved a resolution asking the Mahoning County auditor to certify a replacement police levy for the March ballot.

Trustee David Ditzler said during the board’s special meeting tonight the levy would replace a current 1.6-mill police levy voters first approved in 1976.

“We want to replace this police levy to try and bring it up to today’s valuations,” he said. “With our safety forces, we’ve pared them down as much as we can already.”

Township Fiscal Office Michael Kurish said the

current levy collects only about 38 percent of its original value, or about $400,000, annually.

Ditzler said the auditor’s office will determine how many mills the levy would be and how much it would raise each year and certify it.

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1atownfan(7 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Most of this has already been done.

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2piwohio(56 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I am all for keeping the Austintown area safe and secure. I have voted yes on all safety issues in the past. I supported the school levy in the past as it involves our children and the future. But then to find the same back door dealings with the tax payer funding. The county library levy, boy we got fooled on this one. Then just this past November. the Senior Center. I am not a hater of supporting and improving, but this one pushed me over the top. I did not support this as "we built it ,,now pay for it", happened. Thanks Lisa....Why did the funding not happen like the improvements to the football area, donations...??

We are all working with less money in our accounts. Myself as a homeowner, have seen my home value go down, but the taxes go up with the state, county and local boards wanting more and more... I have not had a raise in 3 years and give more for my benefits. I clearly understand it the times we are faced with. I also agree that all measures have to be looked at BEFORE I give my yes vote.

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3mjnovaksr(95 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Now let's see.... the Austintown Trustee's publicly criticized SB5 and the necessary reductions in public employee benefits and collective bargaining rights BUT not one month later they need more money to pay off one group of their public service supporters who have those overly generous pay, work rues and benefits BUT who are their loyal sources of funding and votes!! Since they didn't need SB5 to assist them in meeting their budget a month ago, they do not need more money now either. Common sense has to prevail. Most of us retirees have not seen one cent in cost of living adjustment over the past three years, regardless of the undisputed fact that cost of living has spiraled higher and higher! Our home values have deteriorated and there is no end in sight as we are still hovering on the brink of a second wave of recession, which, if history is to be believed, will be upon us shortly. Given the continued excesses of our current Socialist government there is no doubt that second recession will occur...it is just a matter of time. Perhaps we need to re-think our Austintown leadership and elect fiscal conservatives without links to the Socialist Democrats, the Communist labor unions, and who actually represent we taxpayers. What a novel idea for the Mahoning Valley!

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