SPRINGFIELD TWP.  After a series of special meetings, the Springfield Township Board of Trustees on Aug. 8, approved placing a 1-mill renewal levy with an additional 0.5-mill levy on the November ballot for the Road Department.

Trustees first met on July 27 regarding the levy. Trustees Deborah Davis and Young were in attendance. DiLauro was absent.

Young made a motion to replace an existing 1-mill tax levy and request the Summit County fiscal officer to certify and determine how much revenue would be generated. 

Both Young and Davis voted yes.

However, on Aug. 6, trustees met again to discuss adding a 0.5-mill additioinal levy in addition to the 1-mill renewal, which was approved at another special meeting on Aug. 8

After consideration and research, trustees and Township Administrator Warren Price believed it was more beneficial to the citizens and the township to add the 0.5-mill levy.

The renewal and additional levies are for the purpose of the general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges.

The difference between the two scenarios is that by placing a separate 0.5-mill levy along with the renewal, the 12-percent rollback would be lost which would cost residents more and the township would receive less funding. By having the increase attached to the renewal, the township receives $315,040 a year; by having it separate of the renewal, the township would receive $272,315 yearly. By adding the additional levy to the existing renewal, residents will pay $35.88 per $100,000 in home valuation as opposed to $38.50 per $100,000 valuation.

The 1-mill levy, which was first passed in 1994, brings in $178,000 annually and costs home owners of a $100,000 home $17.50 a year.

In other business, Aug. 6, trustees: 

- Approved a transfer of $3,250 for the purpose of adequately funding necessary repairs to the Smithco ballfield tractor for the JEDD Park.

- Approved to direct the township administrator to enter into a contract with Baker Vehicle Systems for an amount not to exceed $3,250 to replace the engine in the Smithco Model 42-001-D and associated repairs.