Friday, 17 October 2008 15:15
On November 4, the village is asking for support of both a police levy and parks levy. Mayor Opelt says passage of both levies is important for the village to maintain its current rate of service to residents.
"The need for these levies is equally important due to the evidential loss of Modine and a possible loss of our elementary school," said a statement released by the village. "Council has determined the lowest millage possible to recoup this loss in revenue."
The statement says council will make at least a four percent cut in the government funds budget if the levies pass and will need to make an 11 percent cut in the budget if the levies fail. Yard signs are visible opposing passage of the levies.
"We understand that economic conditions are poor at this time and we would not ask for your help if it were not absolutely necessary," the statement continues. "During two separate town hall meetings, residents said they would support a small police levy. This levy will generate less than half of the current police budget. The additional monies will come from the general fund.
"The park levy had a long history of support but was left to run about three years ago. We now need to bring back this levy to maintain our parks for baseball, tennis, swimming, picnicking, etc.," the statement reads.
Both levies will cost less than 50 cents a day, or "less than a can of pop," says the statement, for a homeowner with a $150,000 home value.