Liberty voters approve road levy
By Kalea Hall
Township voters approved the 1.25-mill, 5-year tax for road repairs to generate $226,320 a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $35 annually.
Altogether, 1,228 voted in favor of the tax levy, and 1,052 voters opposed it.
This is the second time the township asked the voters to OK the levy. Voters rejected it by 250 votes in November 2013.
“It was for the people that actually worked the hardest for it this time,” said Pat Ungaro, township administrator. “I am just thrilled to death with the people in Liberty for supporting it.”
Ungaro called the township’s roads at this point “exceptionally bad.” He hopes to use the funds generated from the levy to match state funds for road resurfacing.
“I am overwhelmed by the people and their confidence in us,” Ungaro said. “I am [ready] to get started.”
The loss of an inheritance tax and other state funding caused the township to face financial hardship, Ungaro said.
The two liberty school levies also were approved on Tuesday. The 0.9-mill renewal, capital improvements levy was OK’d with 1,239 votes for the tax levy and 1,034 against it. The 3.65-mill renewal general operations levy passed with 1,157 voting for it and 1,111 opposing it.
The operations levy will cost a taxpayer with a $100,000 house about $127.75 a year, and the capital improvements levy will cost the same homeowner about $31.50 a year.
A state commission overseeing the board while it is in fiscal emergency asked the board to consider an additional levy. That hasn’t been decided by the board yet.