AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Austintown Township trustees are asking voters to approve two new $1 million levies for road and police services.
The levies were placed on the November 8 ballot as a way to generate more funds for each department.
Trustee Chairman Ken Carano says that although they hate asking residents for more money in taxes, it’s a necessity to help maintain the township.
“What we’re looking to do with these funds is to maintain the level of what we did, both for the police and the roads, since 2010.”
Both the police and road levies will generate the same amount of roughly $615,000 annually. Owners of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $70 per year, $35 for each levy.
“Right now, for example, it costs about $100,000 to do one mile of roads. We used to be able to do 10 to 15 miles and we ended up this year, for example, only being able to finish four miles,” Carano said.
While the road levy will be a five-year levy, the police levy will be continuous.
“The sophistication of their equipment, all of the different things that are happening with them, they always seem to have to come into the general fund rather than keeping their own funds.”
Carano says that in the last six years, too much of the funding from the state and federal governments has been lost, deeply affecting the township.
“When the revenue keeps going lower and lower, this becomes such a difficult task. The people in Austintown, the best. They try so very hard,” he said. “Nobody wants to pay taxes, I say that over and over, but the fact of the matter is it’s so necessary to maintain what we have.”
Currently, Austintown has four continuous police levies that generate about $4.3 million yearly, and two five-year road levies that generate $1.1 million a year.
The decision on these two additional levies will be decided by voters on Election Day.