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Levies would generate $1.1M more

Published: Tue, July 24, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Elise Franco



The three replacement levies that voters will see on the November ballot would generate an additional $1.1 million for the fire department if approved.

Township trustees voted during Monday’s meeting to place three replacement fire levies on the ballot. Each of the levies would be good for five years if approved by voters.

A 1.0-mill levy, originally approved in 1985, will raise $602,798 annually; a 1.2-mill levy, originally approved in 1976, will raise $723,359 annually; and a 1.5-mill levy, originally approved in 1992, will raise $904,326 annually.

Laura Wolfe, township fiscal officer, said replacing the levies will bring them back up to current valuations because right now they’re each producing about half of their original value.

The levies are currently generating $1,125,386 million for the fire department. Wolfe said bringing those levies up to current valuations would generate an additional $1,105,097 for the department, giving them a total of $2,230,483 annually.

If all three are approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay a total of about $114 annually, said Mike Dockry, township administrator. He said those residents now pay about $58 per year, and the three replacements would cost an additional $56.

Fire Chief Andy Frost Jr. said the levies are not only important for the fire department, but also for the entire township.

“Getting these approved will more than likely bring us out of using general fund money,” he said. “That will free up [general fund] money for other township needs.”

Township Trustee David Ditzler said, if approved, the additional money will be used to maintain the department’s current staffing levels of 19 full-time and about 30 part- time firefighters.

Also during the meeting Joshua Watkins was sworn in to the Austintown Police Department as its newest patrol officer. Watkins served first on the department’s auxiliary unit. He will make $19.30 per hour.

In May, the department hired Mike McGlynn as a full-time patrol officer. He also served in the auxiliary unit. Gavalier said two officers remain in the reserve unit, and he’s looking to add three more in coming weeks.

“Our reserve unit turned into a good program,” Gavalier said. “It’s taught them everything they need to know about the township, so we can give them they keys and send them out on the job.”


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years ago

Generate is the wrong word, Govt. can't generate money all they can do is take it by force. No more taxes, starve the beast.
If you don't believe it is force then try not paying what the Govt. says and see what happens

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2atowngrad(21 comments)posted 4 years ago

So here we go again, another proposed increase in taxes in Austintown. Are you kidding me? Do the trustees really think that all we have is spare change laying around...like another $220 per year...or $20 per month.

Oh what am I saying, this is Austintown, the residents vote YES for every levy.

If the fire department is operating OK on its current revenue, why do they need to double it? With the new Racino supposedly coming soon, wont that generate a substantial increase in revenue for all departments? Why do they need this now?

Wise up people.

I am seriously tapped out and cannot handle any more taxes....but it seems that most people in Austintown have money trees since they vote YES for everything.

It is about time that the voters refuse MORE taxes....especially since the new Racino should pay for more than, we the hardworking taxpayers can afford. Vote NO.

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3AtownAugie(892 comments)posted 4 years ago

Is there ANY link between the need for more money, and the sudden leaving back in January of fiscal officer Mike Kurish because of ... um ... er ... "personal challenges?" Perhaps one of the trustess, say, Lisa Oles, can shed some much needed light for the townhip's taxpayerst?

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4AtownAugie(892 comments)posted 4 years ago

township's taxpayers*

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5DontBanThisDrone(1046 comments)posted 4 years ago

Salaries, benefits and pensions consume, on average, 80% of municipal budgets.

Not only that, but they continue to increase more than all other expenditures combined.

It's really not that difficult to see where all the money's going, lol.


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