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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(997 comments)posted 2 years 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(1224 comments)posted 2 years 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(450 comments)posted 2 years 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 2 years 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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5thirtyninedollars(589 comments)posted 2 years ago

The only residents they have the backing of are the ones who are sick of their road having foot deep craters they need to drive their 60k$ cars over.
Everyone I know in Liberty is voting no until Liberty can show they know how to manage money better. It's ridiculous the roads got to this point with Liberty having the highest property tax in the county.
Maybe they should hit the gas companies up for some money since they already opened the township up to them.

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6thirtyninedollars(589 comments)posted 2 years ago

I couldn't agree more with FCB.
The road employees have no clue how to patch roads either. So they throw money away by tossing in some patch and letting the residents drive their nice cars over the patches to "tamp" it. The road dept supervisor needs replaced if he can't train employees the correct way to patch roads.

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7repeaters(310 comments)posted 2 years ago

The Trustees said the cost of paving one mile of road has gone from $100,000 to $150,000. I also heard there will be NO roads paved this year (only hot patches), since the money the levy would generate won't be available until next year. If you think the money this levy will generate is equal to a 10 course meal at the Springfield Grille, I would advise you not to pass up the first McDonald's drive-thru you see. Vote these levies DOWN because they will be back for more.

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