Boardman voters will see three levy renewals on November ballot


Staff report

BOARDMAN

Township voters will see three levy renewals – one for the township and two for the school district – on the November ballot.

The township seeks a five-year renewal of a 2.2-mill police and fire levy that generates $2,045,525 annually.

“This is not a new levy, and if it didn’t pass, it would sincerely hurt the township operations for the police and fire departments,” township Administrator Jason Loree said. “With the state support of local governments diminishing, levies for the township are one of the only ways to fund services.”

Voters first approved the police and fire levy in 2008. Revenue from that levy goes to expenses such as purchasing and maintaining equipment and facilities for both departments, costs associated with emergency medical services and personnel costs.

The school district seeks five-year renewals of two levies: a 5.9-mill operating levy that generates $4.9 million annually and a 1.6-mill permanent improvement levy that generates $1.3 million annually.

Voters first approved the operating levy in 2003. Voters originally approved the permanent-improvement levy in 1988.

“The operating levy will be used to operate the school at its current capacity, and the permanent improvement will go toward maintaining the buildings and increasing security,” district Treasurer Nicholas Ciarniello said. He added renewals of the two levies are needed to “maintain the current level of operations” for the district.

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