June 27, 2016

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Election ’08 editorials

Chatham Township: Yes

Chatham Township has been leasing the former Chatham Elementary School practically for free from Cloverleaf Local Schools — the cost is $1 per year. However, maintaining a public building is never without cost. A five-year, 0.4-mill levy on Tuesday’s ballot would raise $20,900 per year to cover the community center’s operation. This tax would cost residents $12.60 annually per $100,000 of appraised property valuation. Chatham has a strong sense of community and we encourage township residents to approve this levy and continue to provide meeting space for Girl Scouts, 4-H and other local groups, which in turn give back to the township by planting flowers and helping with the community center’s maintenance.

Litchfield Township: Yes

Litchfield Township has two levies on Tuesday’s ballot and, if approved, residents would pay the same as they are now per $100,000 of appraised property value a year. One, for 0.70 mill, would help the Litchfield Fire & Rescue Department replace outdated equipment, such as a 1970 fire truck with a 1920s gas pump. The second, for 1 mill, would help the department replace a 1980 ambulance as well as maintain current operations. Litchfield rescuers respond to a range of emergencies, from an oil spill to a house fire to a traffic accident to a grandfather experiencing a heart attack. A yes vote should be a common-sense decision on Election Day.

Seville: Yes

Running the village of Seville is made possible, in part, by a 2-mill levy that brings in approximately $85,693 a year. As Seville has grown, so have expenses, and village council is asking residents on Tuesday to replace this 2-mill levy with a similar one that would bring in about $122,569 a year over five years. A yes vote would cost residents $19.46 more a year per $100,000 of appraised property valuation. That’s a small price to pay for continued service village residents are accustomed to receiving.

Sharon Township: Yes

Sharon Township has experienced its share of troubles this year — losing two longtime township trustees — but being accountable to residents isn’t one of them. Recognizing the economic hardships many residents are facing, Sharon is asking residents to renew a 2-mill levy for another five years to help maintain township roads and bridges. Residents currently pay $42.72 a year per $100,000 of appraised property valuation, and if they approve the issue on Tuesday’s ballot, they would pay the same. “In the winters, we keep our roads pretty clean,” newly appointed township Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller said, but that might not be the case if the money isn’t there. We urge voters to continue to support this township levy. Winter is, after all, just around the corner.

Westfield Township: Yes

Two consulting companies hired by Westfield Township trustees recently returned recommendations for what Westfield Fire & Rescue needs to do to maintain its fire station and continue to meet the community’s needs in fire and EMS protection. The result is a continuous 2.5-mill levy on Tuesday’s ballot that would replace the township’s current 1.5-mill levy. The increased funding would provide for everything from equipment to operating expenses, Fire Chief Jack Snoddy said. It would cost property owners $78.75 a year per $100,000 of appraised property valuation, bringing in $189,278 annually. We encourage Westfield Township voters to help their local fire department keep pace with the community’s safety needs and vote yes on Election Day.