Thursday, February 15, 2001

Township police levies on ballot

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Maintaining police protection during phenomenal growth costs money, and in May residents in this expanding Butler County community will be asked to spend more.

        Township trustees voted 2-0 this week to put two police levies on the May 8 ballot. Trustees Chairman Dave Tacosik was unable to attend the meeting.

        Voters will decide whether to renew a 4.5-mill property tax increase and whether to approve a new, 2.5-mill police tax.

        The 4.5-mill levy was first approved in 1994 and projected to last about five years.

        But Acting Police Chief John Bruce said that “we have stretched a five-year budget into seven years.”

        “In order to continue the level of police service we provide we need more money,” he said.

        The township's population — estimated at more than 61,000 — is among the highest in Ohio and since 1990 has climbed by 54 percent. Moreover, once-rural areas are now dotted with a growing number of housing and business developments requiring expanded police coverage throughout the township's 36 square miles.

        The 4.5-mill levy generated about $5 million annually.

        The police department's spending for 2000 was more than $6.4 million and is projected to be $6.9 million in 2001.

        If the 4.5-mill police operating levy were to be renewed, it would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $18 annually.

        If voters were to also approve the 2.5-mill police levy, it would cost the same property owner another $77 per year in property taxes.


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