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Liberty trustees won’t make cuts after 2 levies fail

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Staff report


Trustees said they will not make any cuts after the failure of two levies on last week’s ballot.

Trustee Stan Nudell told residents no services or employees would be lost in the coming year during a trustees’ meeting Tuesday night.

“We are in good financial straits in Liberty,” Nudell said.

On Election Day last week, residents voted down a new five-year, .45-mill 911 levy and a new five-year, 1.25-mill road levy.

With the 911 levy failure, Nudell said $75,000 would come out of the police budget and $10,000 from the fire department’s budget to fund the township’s involvement with the Trumbull County 911 dispatch center.

Nudell said the township would have used the additional funds to hire another officer and purchase a new police cruiser.

“We will be able to rehire, but we won’t be able to make any new hires,” he said.

Nudell said the township had budgeted accordingly to ensure services would not be diminished if the levies failed, saying the township rationed and “worked things out.”

Nudell also said the township cannot afford to pave any roads in the foreseeable future with the failure of the 1.25-mill road levy. The levy would have generated $268,000 annually, while the 911 levy would have added $96,000 in additional revenue.

Nudell said trustees may try to put those levies back on the ballot next year.