Limaville voters will see a five-year, 8-mill levy on the November ballot that would generate $11,933 based on the village’s current property values. The proposed tax is the same rate as the two levies that village officials forgot to renew last year.
Mayor Troy Hansen has a check for $25,000 to study the village’s failing septic systems that he’s ready to mail.
Where he sends it will depend on the Nov. 6 election and the outcome of the village’s eight-mill levy. The levy is Issue 11 on the ballot.
If the five-year levy passes, Hansen will mail the check to the engineering firm the village hired to conduct a feasibility study on whether the village should build a treatment plant or pump its sewage to Alliance or Atwater. Recent tests show that roughly 80 percent of the village’s septic systems are failing and releasing raw sewage into Deer Creek and the Deer Creek Reservoir, which serve as a source of Alliance’s drinking water.
If the levy fails, he’ll send the check back to the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, which gave the village the grant for the feasibility study.
Hansen said without the levy, Limaville likely would cease to be a village and the project likely would abandoned.
“I’m not going to run it (village government) next year like we did this year with no money,” Hansen said. “So if the levy doesn’t pass, that would be the end of Limaville.”
The mayor has scheduled a community meeting for 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Limaville Community Center at 40 Wahl St. to discuss the proposed levy and the village’s future.
If approved, the five-year levy would generate $11,933 for village operations based on current property values. It would cost an owner of a $100,000 home $245 a year, according to the Stark County Auditor’s office. Most Limaville residents would pay about half that amount as most properties in Stark’s smallest community — 151 residents —are valued just above $50,000, auditor figures show.
Hansen said the revenue generated by the levy would replace the money from the two property tax levies that village officials forgot to renew last year.
The village scraped by this year on a budget of less than $28,000 without closing the community center or turning off street lights, largely due to a $2,500 donation from the Bank of Magnolia. Elected officials also donated their salaries and a new church that holds its worship services at the community center invested thousands of dollars in renovations at the center, making it more attractive to other prospective renters.
Hansen said they can’t do it again next year.
“Yes, we made it through this year, but I don’t think we can do it on a regular basis with no tax levy,” he said. “We can’t operate the town in a proper manner (on the village’s current budget).”