Shawnee trustees change levy to get it on May ballot

By Josh Ellerbrock -

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The Shawnee Township trustees held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to ensure that the township’s proposed police levy makes it onto the May 4 ballot.

Shawnee Police Chief Mike Keith said after filing the planned levy, the Ohio Board of Elections communicated that the township would have to substitute its planned 10-year police levy with a five-year one to legally make it on the ballot. Trustees met Monday to make the change in order to submit the levy before this week’s filing deadline.

The five-year, 3.5 mill police levy would raise roughly $650,000 annually for the Shawnee Township Police Department, which would be used to address the department’s deficit and upgrade its technology infrastructure.

The levy would also help the township department sidestep an earlier administrative mistake, when its renewal levy failed to be filed on time to make it on last November’s ballot. Because of the move, the township will be behind on collecting taxes for the department, and Keith said the updated millage should more readily address the gap and help the police department deal with four years’ worth of deficit spending.

If approved by voters, the levy would also help the Shawnee Police Department update its portable radios and other communications technology that have reached the end of their lives.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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