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Road levy OK’d by city voters

November 7, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - Perhaps encouraged by recent improvements to major routes within city limits, voters Tuesday narrowly supported a 5-mill street levy that will now allow for improvements to neighborhood streets.

According to unofficial results from the county elections board, the vote was 51 percent in favor of and 49 percent opposed to the levy, which had been defeated in March by just two votes.

City officials have said that the levy, which is expected to generate $425,300 annually, will make it possible to resurface neighborhood streets for which state and federal funding is not available.

The levy will cost the owner of a $40,000 home an additional $61.25 per year and the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $$153.13 annually.

Liverpool Township voters were also generous, supporting a 3-mill police levy which is a combination of an existing 1.5 mills and

an additional 1.5 mills.

Unofficial results showed 61.62 percent of township voters supported the levy while 38.38 percent opposed it.

The levy will generate about $151,300 annually which will be used to offset the rising cost of gasoline, maintenance and equipment, as well as hospitalization, officials have said.

Those who own a $40,000 home will pay an additional $15.50 annually over the current levy, while those with a $100,000 home will pay an additional $38.76 per year.

Voters in St. Clair Township will see a continuation of services from their fire departments after supporting renewal of a 2.5-mill fire levy that will continue to generate $216,500 annually to be split between the Calcutta and Glenmoor fire departments.

Unofficial results from the county election board indicated 68.33 percent supported the levy, while 31.67 percent was opposed.

Approval of the issue will result in no additional taxes for residents but will allow both stations to maintain operations, purchase new equipment and, in the case of Calcutta, perhaps purchase a new aerial truck during the five-year life of the levy.

Despite a new chief, personnel changes that have cut costs and a new spirit of cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, Salineville voters failed to support a 3-mill police levy on Tuesday.

According to unofficial results from the county election board, 54.89 percent of voters opposed the levy, while 45.11 percent supported the measure, which would have generated $33,200 annually.

The levy would have cost the owner of a $40,000 home an additional $36 annually.



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