Jackson Township residents will be asked in May to renew and increase funding for road maintenance.
JACKSON TWP. Residents will be asked in May to renew and increase the township's road levy.
Tuesday night trustees started the process of having the levy, which expires at the end of this year, placed on the May 8 primary election ballot.
Trustees want to seek another five-year levy. The first township road levy was passed in 1978 to collect 3 mills. Because of state regulations, the levy is limited to collecting $1.32 million per year and now has an effective millage of 0.7 mills.
Plans are to renew the 3 mill levy and seek an increase of 1 mill. If approved, the combined millage would generate just under $2.81 million per year that can be used to maintaining, repairing and improving existing roads, as well as building new roads.
The township currently maintains just over 200 miles or roads. It had only about 120 miles of roads when the levy first passed in 1978.
In recent years, most of the money generated by the road levy has been used to pay for resurfacing, Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez said. The township wants to have more money available to provide matching funds when state highway money becomes available for more expensive projects, such as rebuilding an intersection.
The current levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $21.50 per year. An additional 1 mill levy would cost the same homeowner $30.63 per year, bringing the total cost to $52.13 per year.
In other business, trustees:
• Selected Todd Hawke to serve another year as board president, while Jamie Walters was selected vice president.
• Approved the hiring of Steve D. Rabatin and Shilo N. Bailey as full-time firtefighters. Both have been working part time with the department.
• Approved hiring Jordan M. Starcher as a part time police officer. Starcher previously worked full time with the department,
• Set a $200 annual fee for food trucks that seek licenses too operate in the township.
• Paid bills totaling $775,191.
• Accepted a $1,000 sponsorship donation from ReMax Edge Realty for the 2018 Community Celebration.
• Conducted an executive session to discuss personnel in the fire department.
NEXT UP: Regular meeting 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 at township hall. An executive session or work session, if needed, will start at 4 p.m.
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