Townships ask for levy support

A replacement tax levy of 2 mills for support of the Middleton Township Fire Department is on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

It will be used to maintain and operate the fire department.

“We’re just trying to stay ahead of our operating expenses and have the room to allow for equipment as the need arises,” said Fiscal Officer Laurie Limes.

“It’s just more expensive to operate everything,” she said.

Wood County Auditor Matt Oestreich said that for a home valued at $100,000, annual property taxes from this levy would increase from $58.80 to $70.

The estimated property tax revenue will increase to $523,731, up from the $458,803 currently being collected, assuming the tax valuation of the properties remains constant throughout the three-year life of the levy.

The net gain to the township will be $64,928, if passed.

Center, Jackson and Bloom townships also have levies on the ballot.

Freedom Township’s levies will be discussed in a separate story. Perrysburg Township’s road renewal levy will be featured in Monday’s Sentinel-Tribune.

Center Township is asking for a four-year, 1.2-mill renewal levy to cover current township fire department expenses. As a renewal levy, it will continue to generate $43,626 annually.

For a $100,000 home, property taxes generated by the levy would be $22.81 annually.

The Jackson Township levy is a five-year, 3-mill renewal levy, to cover road construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair expenses.

It will generate $156,092 annually, assuming that property values remain constant throughout the term of the levy.

For a $100,000 home, property taxes generated by the levy would be unchanged at $104.92.

Bloom Township is asking for support of a five-year 0.6-mill replacement levy, to provide ambulance services. It will generate $83,821 annually.

For a $100,000 home, property taxes generated by the levy would be an increase from $20.96 to $21 each year.

Oestreich said that the Proposed Levy Estimator on the Wood County Auditor’s website is now live for proposed levies, with columns for current taxes, new taxes and the difference, for each levy.

The property includes all real, personal and public utility property.