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Liberty Schools, township will have levies on ballot

Published: Wed, April 9, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.


By jeanne starmack



Township trustees are asking for a new levy to repave township roads, and the school district is asking for voters to renew two levies.

The township tried in November to pass the 1.25-mill, 5-year tax for roads, but voters defeated it by about 250 votes.

This time, the township has the backing of residents who’ve organized to campaign for the levy.

It would generate $226,320 a year and would cost the owner of a $100,000 house $35 a year.

Trustees have said that the loss of inheritance-tax and other state funding have caused a financial hardship even though the township has cut personnel and eliminated its dispatch center.

Township administrator Pat Ungaro said he could use revenue from the levy to attract state grants for road repaving.

The state looks favorably on grant applications that include a “match” — a contribution of local funds, Ungaro said.

Ungaro said that complaints from people living on some of the worst roads, such as Mansell Drive and the Tibbetts-Wick Road extension, prompted the trustees to put the levy on the ballot again in May.

One Tibbetts-Wick resident wrote in a letter to trustees: “Until the road can be repaired the proper way, it should be closed.”

The township has been patching potholes, but the patches are only temporary fixes.

The school board approved placing the two school district levies on the May ballot at its meeting in January.

One is a 3.65-mill general operations levy and the other is a 0.9-mill capital improvements levy.

The operations levy costs a taxpayer with a $100,000 house $127.75 a year, and the capital improvements levy costs $31.50 a year, district treasurer Lori Simione has said.

The board has been asked to consider a new levy by a state commission that is overseeing the district while it is in fiscal emergency.

But the board has not made a decision on whether to ask voters for one, and one will not appear on the May ballot.


1DontBanThisDrone(466 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

How about using the current taxes that The People pay for what it's supposed to be used for, and put a Payroll levy on the ballot?


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2Photoman(1004 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I would like to nominate Tibbetts-Wick (extension) for the first annual Ungaro award while it is in its present state.

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3fcb(323 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

About a month ago the Liberty road department (one man) came down my street throwing "Cold Patch" in the pot holes.I asked the worked why they didn't go over the holes with the street roller after it was applied to the pot holes. He stated" We only have five workers on the department". So, I got my tamper out and tamped down all the holes in front of my house that he applied cold patch to. Low and behold here it is a month later and the holes that I tamped are still solid and all the other holes down the street are in the same condition as they were before he applied the cold patch! The worker agreed with me that the cold patch should be rolled after being put in a pot hole. He also told me that the cold patch costs $65 a ton!!This is a case of bad money management. Take a worker and roll the patch after it is put down instead of letting the cars pull it out of the holes in the matter of a week or so.One worker on the roller following the patch truck will not waste $65 a ton of cold patch in the matter of a few weeks!!Also add the cost of the three levies comes to $194.00 a year for average tax payer! None will pass.

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4ambriella(6 comments)posted 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Screw Liberty. Our taxes are already way too high and I cant even use Liberty schools because the amount of riff raff. I have to open enroll my kids in Girard. Find somewhere else to get the money for the roads.

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5ohioption(49 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr. Ungaro is very good at finding matching funds for road repair. But there are roads besides Tibbett-Wicks and Naylor-Lloyd in desperate need of resurfacing. Mansell Drive has become the preferred shortcut from Logan to Belmont Ave. The through traffic is heavy at 7AM in morning. Please vote yes for this new levy so Mansell Dr. can be fixed.

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