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Van Wert County Issues


August 24. 2013 2:47AM
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Van Wert County Issues



Van Wert County general fund



Levy: 1.6 mill new levy for five years



Purpose: Current expenses



Raises: $754,947 annually



Taxpayer cost: $28 annually for a $50,000 home, $56 annually for a $100,000 home



Why do you need this money? “Right now, we’ve been able to make enough cuts, if nothing else changes, at the end of the year we’re going to zero out,” Van Wert County Commissioner Harold Merkle said. “We’ll have no carryover to next year.” He said without the increase the county will be short $550,000 to $600,000 next year. “This $751 (thousand) gives us a slight cushion, if we’re off by a little in our estimates,” Merkle said.



What will happen if the levy fails? “We have not crossed that bridge yet,” Merkle said. “You start with the non-mandated programs and see what you can do there, after that you move into the services you provide.” He said the state has given counties the authority to institute up to two weeks of furlough per year. “We don’t want to go that route, unless we have no other alternatives,” Merkle said.



 



Village of Ohio City



Levy: 5 mill replacement levy for five years



Purpose: Fire protection and emergency medical services



Raises: $31,244 annually



Taxpayer cost: $87.50 annually for a $50,000 home, $175 annually for a $100,000 home



Why do you need this money? “It pays for fire protection, all the apparatus and equipment,” Village Clerk Deb Strickler said.



What will happen if the levy fails? “I don’t know,” Strickler said. “We’ve never had one fail.”



 



Village of Willshire



Levy: 2 mill replacement levy for five years



Purpose: Current expenses



Raises: $6,936



Taxpayer cost: $35 annually for a $50,000 home, $70 annually for a $100,000 home



Why do you need this money? “We need the money for current expenses,” Mayor Sharon Krall said.



What will happen if the levy fails? “I don’t know what we’ll do if it fails,” Krall said. “We’re down to bare bones as it is.”



 



Hoaglin Township



Levy: 1.8 mill replacement levy for five years



Purpose: Fire protection and emergency medical services



Raises: $26,425



Taxpayer cost: $31.50 a year for a $50,000 home, $63 a year for a $100,000 home



 



Pleasant Township (excluding City of Van Wert)



Levy: 1.25 mill replacement levy for three years



Purpose: Fire protection and emergency medical services



Raises: $55,703 annually



Taxpayer Cost: $21.88 a year for a $50,000 home, $43.75 a year for a $100,000 home



 



Washington Township (East Fire District)



Levy: 1.5 mill replacement levy for five years



Purpose: Fire protection services



Raises: $33,005 annually



Taxpayer Cost: $26.25 a year for a $50,000 home, $52.50 a year for a $100,000 home



 



Washington Township (West Fire District)



Levy: 1 mill replacement levy for five years



Purpose: Fire protection services



Raises: $14,702 annually



Taxpayer cost: $17.50 a year for a $50,000 home, $35 a year for a $100,000 home



 



York Township



Levy: 2.1 mill renewal levy for three years



Purpose: Fire protection services



Raises: $25,365 annually



Taxpayer Cost: $28.21 a year for a $50,000 home, $56.42 a year for a $100,000 home



 



Van Wert City schools



Levy: 2.5 mill new levy for a continuing period of time



Purpose: General permanent improvements



Raises: $458,412 annually



Taxpayer cost: $27.80 annually for a $50,000 home, $55.60 annually for a $100,000 home



Why do you need this money? “To construct phase two of our project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission,” Superintendent Ken Amstutz said. He explained that the district built its new high school/middle school with all local funds, basically earning a $27.5 million credit with the OSFC to be used to renovate one elementary school and build a new one. The credit hinges on passage of a continuing permanent improvement levy.



What will happen if the levy fails? “Our community will forego the chance to have our elementary buildings up to 21st century standards, with no extra cost to our taxpayers,” Amstutz said.



 



Vantage Career Center



Levy: 1.05 mill bond levy for 28 years



Purpose: Local share of state school construction and renovations



Raises: $1,060,757 annually



Taxpayer cost: $18.38 per year for a $50,000 home, $36.75 per year for a $100,000 home



Why do you need this money? “We cannot renovate and expand the existing facility with existing funds,” Vantage Superintendent Staci Kaufman said. “The money raised will be our local portion of the project to build 69,000 square feet of technical and academic space. We’ll also be renovating the existing structure, replacing operating systems with energy efficient models that will help the district save money in the future.”



What will happen if the levy fails? “If the levy fails, our needs are not going to go away,” Kaufman said. “We will wait for a reevaluation study from the OSFC and see if we would still qualify for funds.”





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