Chatham Township: Yes
Chatham Township has been leasing the former Chatham Elementary School practically for free from Cloverleaf Local Schools â€” the cost is $1 per year. However, maintaining a public building is never without cost. A five-year, 0.4-mill levy on Tuesdayâ€™s ballot would raise $20,900 per year to cover the community centerâ€™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 centerâ€™s maintenance.
Litchfield Township: Yes
Litchfield Township has two levies on Tuesdayâ€™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 One, for 0.70 mill, would help the Litchfield Fire & Rescue Department replace outdated equipment, such as a 1970 fire truck with a 1920s gas pump.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.
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. Thatâ€™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 â€” losing two longtime township trustees â€” but being accountable to residents isnâ€™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 Tuesdayâ€™s ballot, they would pay the same. â€œIn the winters, we keep our roads pretty clean,â€ newly appointed township Trustee Kimberly Bolas Miller said, but that might not be the case if the money isnâ€™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 communityâ€™s needs in fire and EMS protection. The result is a continuous 2.5-mill levy on Tuesdayâ€™s ballot that would replace the townshipâ€™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 communityâ€™s safety needs and vote yes on Election Day.