Coitsville seeks additional 1.5 mills for police service


Staff report

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Coitsville residents will decide this November whether to increase the millage on a continuous police levy.

Township trustees voted unanimously this week to ask for an additional 1.5 mills on the current 4.5-mill levy.

If the replacement levy passes, the average resident who owns a $100,000 house can expect to see a tax increase from $72.76 to $183.75, a difference of about $110 a year, the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office said.

The levy generates $72,500 a year for the township now, and that would increase to $171,500.

“We haven’t had a levy in 19 years,” said trustees chairman Greg Harn. “We’re trying to get by, but we can’t meet our budget any more.”

Harn said the township would like to have more than one patrol officer on the road at a time, and the additional money would be used to afford the second officer.

The township has two full-time officers, including the police chief, and about 12 part-time officer, he said.

If voters do not pass the new levy, the original 4.5-mill continuous levy will remain in place.

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