KNOX TOWNSHIP- Township administration will be asking residents to approve a road maintenance levy on the May 7 ballot.
Residents will see a 1.5-mill, five-year new money levy that will generate approximately $116,800 annually for the purchase and maintenance of road equipment.
According to trustee Chair Gregg Carver, the money generated by the levy will help battle rising costs in equipment and other items such as tires and fuel, meaning less money that will have to be taken out of other funds.
"We felt that if we go the way of a maintenance levy, we can take that money and use it (specifically) for maintenance," he explained. "Within that five-year period, if we invest it right, we'll be able to update our equipment more quickly and it won't nickel and dime us."
Carver said the township is responsible for 61 miles of road and owns two large dump trucks and a 1-ton dump truck. And although the equipment is not in bad shape, the levy would ease the burden on other funds.
"If we use up all the money in the road and bridge fund in resurfacing, it's hard to find money in the general fund for these types of things," he said.
If residents approve the levy, Carver said the trustees will look at items such as a new 1-ton truck and two plows, as well as paying down loans on current equipment in order to save money on interest.
"It will give us an opportunity to look into the future and make a strategic plan on what to buy and how soon," he said. "We appreciate all the help the residents have given us and we'll continue to do the best we can with what we've got...win, lose or draw."
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