Canfield voters consider a new levy and a renewal
By Amanda Tonoli
Canfield City Council and Cardinal Joint Fire District board members will be asking voters for their support of a new police levy and fire levy renewal Nov. 8.
The police levy is a five-year, 3.9-mill levy that will generate $750,000 annually. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $137 per year.
Police Chief Chuck Colucci said the levy is an effort to battle cuts to local funds from the state and federal governments.
Officers have been using off-duty hours to spread the word about the levy by canvassing neighborhoods, running public forums and more to ensure everyone receives the right levy information.
Scott Weamer, Canfield assistant police chief, said it’s important for residents to be mindful that the levy will be going strictly to police department costs and nothing else.
Colucci stressed that passing the levy is important to maintain the level of service that residents currently have.
“We’re not looking to grow big and bold; we are just looking to maintain,” he said.
Colucci said his job is to protect residents – not push a political agenda.
“I have so much passion for this city. ... I just appreciate the community’s support,” he said.
The fire renewal levy is a five-year, 0.42-mill levy that generates $183,054 annually and is costing owners of $100,000 homes $14.70 per year.
John Morvay, Canfield councilman and Cardinal Joint Fire District board president, said the fire board is not asking for anything more than for passage of a levy residents are already paying for.