Townships to vote on levies


By D. Anthony Botkin - abotkin@civitasmedia.com



Voters of Harlem, Marlboro, Oxford Townships and the Village of Ashley will decide on tax levies on the Nov. 8 ballot.

• Harlem Township trustees have approved of a resolution on May 18 to place a replacement tax of 3.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation amounting to 35 cents for each $100 of valuation for 4-years commencing in 2016 and first due in calendar year 2017.

The Delaware County Auditor’s Office said the levy would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 market value home $122.50 per year.

The current levy will expire at the end of 2016, according to Dale Fling, Harlem Township fire chief. “The tax is replacement to keep current,” he said.

The replacement tax is for providing and maintaining fire equipment, buildings, and payment of part-time and volunteer firefighter companies. It is to be used to pay the firefighter employers’ contribution required under the Ohio Revised Code and for the purchase of ambulance equipment or for the provision of ambulance, paramedic or other emergency medical services by the fire department.

• Oxford Township trustees approved of a resolution May 10 for placing a replacement levy on the November 8 ballot. The levy is not to exceed 1.2 mills for each one-dollar of valuation amounting to 12 cents for each $100 of valuation on the general ballot.

The levy is a 5-year levy commencing in 2016 that is first due in calendar year 2017. The purpose of the levy is for the general construction, resurfacing and repair of roads and bridges.

According to the township’s fiscal officer, Joyce Leienberger, the current 5-year levy yielded $30,400 per year while the 5-year replacement will yield $40,600 per year.

Leienberger said in 2015 the township’s cost for roads and bridges “out of the levy was $48,300.” Leienberger said a remainder from the previous year was used in the 2015 cost. The current levy is due to expire at the end of 2016.

• Marlboro Township trustees on June 13 approved putting an additional 2.5 mills levy on the general election ballot for the purpose of paying the township’s current expenses.

The approved levy of 2.5 mills for each one-dollar of valuation amounts to 25 cents per each $100 of valuation for the term of 3-years commencing in 2016 and first due in calendar year of 2017. Trustees

• Village of Ashley’s council has approved putting a renewal of the existing tax of 6 mills to provide and maintain motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of a police department. The renewal is also to be used for the payment of salaries of permanent police personnel and for the payment of the police officer employers’ contribution required under the Ohio Revised Code.

The 3-year renewal is not to exceed 6-mills for each one-dollar of valuation amounting to 60 cents per $100 of valuation. The levy is scheduled to commence in 2016 and is first due in calendar year 2017. Ashley’s village council approved placing the renewal on the ballot in June.

By D. Anthony Botkin

abotkin@civitasmedia.com

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.