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Austintown officials seek replacement levy

Published: Tue, December 6, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Elise Franco



Township trustees say they hope voters will support a 2.0-mill replacement police levy that will appear on the March ballot.

Trustees Lisa Oles and Jim Davis voted Monday in special session to place the levy on the ballot. Trustee David Ditzler wasn’t present for the meeting.

Fiscal Officer Michael Kurish said the levy, which would raise approximately $1.1 million annually for five years, is a replacement for the 1.6-mill police levy that originally was approved by voters in 1976.

Kurish said the current levy is collecting only about 38 percent of its original value or about $357,000 annually.

“This levy will be used for the police department, primarily, to offset losses that will come as a result of the state’s budget cuts,” he said. “Right now the police department’s funding is subsidized by our general fund.”

If approved, the new levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $10 to $12 per month. Those homeowners pay about $50 per month on the current levy, which would make the new tax total about $60 per month. Kurish said the levy request will be filed with the Mahoning County Board of Elections by the Wednesday deadline.

Davis said he expects that residents will understand the need to fund the police department and be receptive.

“Our voters believe in what we do here in Austintown,” he said. “We’ve been fiscally responsible. ... And residents have no reason to believe that we would ask for this money if we didn’t need it.”

Davis said he doesn’t think the passing of a 0.5-mill Senior Services levy in November will have much bearing on whether people vote for the police levy.

“People realize there’s money needed for different things,” he said. “Residents think highly of our police department.”


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

NO new taxes. You supported NO in Issue 2, now deal with the shortfalls. Only a foolish taxpayer would vote this increase. The trustees need to negotiate fair healthcare and pension cost sharing - not raise taxes.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The math don't work, at1.6 you got $375000 if you raise it by .4 mills that wont give you $1.1 million. Is your math bad or are you just lying as usual?

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3taxme(359 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Let's see if Ron Verb is against raising taxes for more police protection in his town now! We should all be calling him on his radio show tonight calling on a NO vote for this new tax! Let's see if Ron is a hypacrit?

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4mikecollins(4 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

unions are the cancer of society, ironically speaking of course. Suck it up you dirty Union rats. You ruined it for this entire area, no new businesses would ever want to come here bc of your pitiful measly trailer park lives. Actually we need you, sorry, I means your kids will be mowing my lawn one day. So I take it all back.

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5redeye1(5352 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Austintown residents should be looking at replacing their officials. After all these people didn't want SB5 to pass. So now they are trying to cover their own butts with a new levy VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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62muchtax(710 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Police need it now, I know of a fireman who is in his forties in austintown planning for to retire and go back and double dip for at least another 3 yrs. If this and so many public sector employees did not get out of work on disability they would not constantly need more money. there is a bill in Ohio now that is trying to stop this constant theft or double dipping. Let's see if it goes thru. Ohio state patrol retire after 20yrs then they go back and double dip as truck inspectors. More public employees abusing the taxpayerd

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7southsidedave(5159 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

People can complain all they want, but Austintown needs money to maintain a police force.

If you think there are problems in Austintown now, watch what happens with a reduced police force to patrol the streets.

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