OTTAWA — Putnam County voters have a number of local levies also on the ballot this year.
Usually used to pay for improvements on local infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, or to fund small rural fire departments, local governments rely on levies to keep their public services from drying up.
While the large majority of the levies on the ballot this year are renewal levies, two — in Blanchard and Greensburg townships — are replacement levies. In general, replacement levies are necessary when there’s changes in the properties that are being taxed, and the municipality needs to re-examine what’s needed.
In real terms, renewal levies mean no change for taxpayers, and the rate stays the same for voters who approve them. Replacement levies are the opposite.
Renewal levies often pass without too much trouble.
As for the tax rate of each levy, they are based on millage, which correlate to how many tax dollars are generated per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. A higher millage naturally means higher tax rates.
When replacement levies are on the ballot, they look at the increased value of properties since the last levy has been passed. If that has increased, so too will the tax rate.
It’s up to voters to see what they’re comfortable with.
• Village of Cloverdale: 2.3 mill renewal levy, current expenses, four years
• Village of Columbus Grove: 1.5 mill renewal levy, current expenses, five years
• Village of Continental: 2 mill renewal levy, current expenses, five years
• Village of Gilboa: 11 mill renewal levy, current expenses, three years
• Blanchard Township: 1 mill replacement levy, fire, five years
• Greensburg Township: 0.7 mill replacement levy, township road repair, five years
• Monterey Township: 1 mill renewal levy, fire, five years
• Palmer Township: 2 mill renewal levy, roads and bridges, five years
• Palmer Township: 1 mill renewal levy, fire, five years
• Perry Township: 2 mill renewal levy, roads, five years
• Pleasant Township: 0.45 mill renewal levy, fire equipment, five years
• Van Buren Township: 1.25 mill renewal levy, current expenses, five years
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.