SPRINGFIELD TWP.  During a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, board members took a step toward placing levy issues on a future ballot as they approved resolutions requesting the Summit County Fiscal Office to certify totals for tax valuations and revenue that would be generated through additional and renewal levies.

The board requested totals for five combinations of new and renewal tax levies to map out the best scenario to proceed for its police and parks departments, which both suffered defeats during the May 2 primary.

The resolutions for the Parks Department were for an additional 1.8-mill tax levy tax valuation and dollar amount for the parks and recreation department and an additional 2.0 mill tax levy. A levy for a 1.8-mill additional levy was defeated by an unofficial total of 794-519 during the primary.

For the police department, the township will review the dollar amount for the renewal of an existing 3.0-mill levy; an additional tax levy of 1.5-mill levy; and a 3-mill existing plus an additional 1.5-mill levy. Trustees placed a 3-mill renewal with a 1.5-mill additional levy on the May ballot, which was defeated by a vote of 671-644.

License tax meeting

Trustees will hold meetings at 5:30 p.m. May 22 and 4 p.m. May 25 for the public to comment on a proposal to consider levying a $5 supplemental vehicle license tax for the purpose of maintenance of township roads. 

Sykes makes visit

Ohio 28th District Sen. Vernon Sykes made a visit to the April 27 board meeting to update trustees of his work in Columbus. Sykes, who represents Springfield Township, said he is there to do whatever he can to assist the township. He took questions from those in attendance during and after the meeting.

Young thanked him for attending and talked about the significant change in state funding for local governments and its $800,000 a year negative for Springfield, which "is approaching 10 percent of our budget." Young said slash of state funds has the township no place to go for money except to the taxpayers. 

Sykes, who says he and other offiicals are working to change how funds are distributed, said years ago there were promises made and then things changed.

"They have forgotten about those promises and they have done cutbacks to our districts and our schools," said Sykes.

Residents can reach Sykes at his office at 614-466-7041 or on his cellphone at 614-205-0025.

The next regular scheduled meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.