By Gary Budzak
For the first time in recent memory, voters rejected a tax levy for the Village of Galena.
“Our Mayor Tom Hopper has been here 15 or more years, and it was here before he came,” Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell said of the levy.
According to unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections, the May 6 vote was 39 for the levy, 46 against; or a margin of 46 percent to 54 percent.
Burrell said she didn’t know why the levy failed in Galena, a village in Berkshire Township whose population is less than 700.
The replacement levy was for four years at 2-mills. Had it been approved, the levy would have cost a property owner $70 per $100,000 valuation and raise $37,903 for the village on an annual basis. The current levy, which expires at the end of the year, costs homeowners $61.26 per $100,000 valuation annually.
The levy’s failure won’t be felt by residents until 2015, Burrell said. Revenue generated from the levy is used as matching funds for grants. The grants help Galena in repairing a crumbling Walnut Street, working on Dustin Road, as well as making park and trail improvements.
It will be up to the Village Council if the levy will be placed on the November ballot, Burrell said.
“We will have to make decisions. Residents have said, “We don’t want to fund this levy anymore.” The obvious result of that is certain things are not going to happen because that money is gone.”
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-363-1161 ext. 340 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.