Voters in the village of Ashley will be tasked in the November election with deciding the fate of a levy used to maintain roads.
The five-year, 3-mill tax renewal levy will bring $37,538 annually into the village’s coffers, if approved.
“It’s basically the same levy year after year. In my eyes it’s a very important levy. With the cuts we’ve had to sustain from the state of Ohio, it would be very hard to keep the maintenance up on the roads,” said Mayor Jim Nelson, referring to recent cuts made to the state’s Local Government Fund.
The levy, if approved, will cost a property owner with a $100,000 valuation $91.88 each year.
“It does not increase taxes,” said Nelson, adding that the cost is likely cheaper than the car repairs that would be needed if the roads were not well-maintained.
Village voters have approved road levies five times since 1990.
Nelson said he hopes the success at the ballot continues.
The levy also allows the village to restripe its roadways and hire a contractor for larger repairs.
“This is to maintain what we’ve got in place and, as needed, we’ll make improvements,” said Nelson.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.