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Goshen residents urged to attend meeting on road tax

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP – Community members are encouraged to attend the next township trustees meeting to learn about the requested sales tax increase that will be earmarked for roads in Mahoning County.

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti is slated to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the administration building to explain the .25 percent increase in sales tax on the November ballot.

The increase would generate between $8 million and $9 million annually for five years. About half the projects with the money would be for township roads and the other half for county ones.

Townships have laid out their priority paving projects and a tentative five-year plan is in place if the funds are approved by voters.

“Whether you are for it or against it or don’t know where you stand yet, come out and hear [Ginnetti’s] presentation,” said trustee Shawn Mesler. “It’s important you make an informed decision on election day.”

In other business, trustees approved moving all the money from the township’s three certificates of deposit (CDs) to its sweep account.

Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler suggested the action after learning the township’s three CDs – one for $200,000 and the other two for $100,000 – will drop from as much as 2.75 percent interest for the two $100,000 CDs to .2 percent for one year or .15 percent for six months. He said the sweep account has a .12 percent interest rate, but has the advantage of making the money available when needed.

Trustees will reassess the interest rates next year.

Trustees also approved a two-year lease with KS StateBank on the remaining $41,277 on the road department truck with plow and dump bed purchased last month from Tri-State Ford for $64,086. The lease will be paid off with two payments of $21,500. Trustees used nearly $23,000 from the asset fund for the purchase.

Additionally trustees approved changes in the budget including adjusting the American Recovery Plan monies to the appropriate fund, moving $1,500 to the police income and expenitures for the NOPEC grant being used for a community day next month and moving $2,000 to the cemetery expenditures for wages.

Also at the meeting Miriam Good, director of the Schoolhouse Stitchers, a group that uses the former administration building east of the current one, questioned if there is not some way for the group to continue using the building. She said she was told by trustees the group would have to move to the current administration building due to issues with the former one.

Good admitted issues with the roof, furnace and plumbing, but said there is a grant available for the roof. Former trustee Bob McCracken also noted NOPEC grant funds can be used for energy repairs at the building.

Trustees said the township spends approximately $1,000 each year on the building and there is also an issue that the township owns the building but not the land on which it sits.

Trustees said no decision on the building has been made and the issue continues to be discussed.

Also, resident Larry Zielke asked trustees to petition the state to make state Route 534 north of Damascus 35 miles per hour. He said he lives two houses north of the elementary school where it is 35 miles per hour on one side of the road and 45 miles per hour on the other.

khowell@salemnews.net

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