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Wayne Twp. seeks road levy again

Staff Reports

GAVERS — Wayne Township trustees are again asking their voters in the May 7 primary election to approve a new road levy to help maintain township roads.

The 4-mill road levy was first placed on the ballot last November but was rejected by narrow margin, so the trustees are trying again.

The new levy would run for five years and generate $70,800 a year, about $20,000 more than the current 3-mill road levy trustees have pledged to let expire if the 4-mill levy passes. Collection of the the 4-mill levy, if it passes, would begin in January. The 3-mill levy expires at the end of 2020, so the two would overlap for one year.

Township Fiscal Officer Karl Blissenbach said Wayne Township’s budget is the smallest of the 18 townships in Columbiana County, and they only have one road levy. The purpose behind the additional money is to add a second road department employee to help better maintain the 34 miles of township roads all year round.

The 3-mill levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home $92 a year in property taxes. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $140 a year in property taxes, for a net increase of $48.

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