MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A local police agency is asking residents for more money.
The Miami Township Police Department is asking voters to approve a 5.50 mill replacement levy on Election Day, May 7, 2019. The Board of Trustees approved the resolution at its January 22, 2019, business meeting in a two to one vote in favor of the measure.
The levy would replace a 5.0 mill levy passed by voters in 2014 that expires at the end of 2019. The township said the additional revenue will allow the department to hire up to three new police officers. It will also provide funds to sustain daily operations by maintaining vehicles, improving communication and upgrading technology.
According to township leaders, this replacement levy would generate approximately $3.35 million a year for five years.
For a property valued at $100,000, the replacement levy would cost the taxpayer approximately $40 more a year. It would accompany a second operating levy that voters passed in November 2018.
The township says seized federal and state funds will continue to be used for capital expenditures to offset the use of levy funds.
“This replacement levy will allow us to collect tax dollars based on current property values and new construction in the township,” Police Chief Ronald L. Hess said. “Putting more officers on patrol means better protection for our citizens.”
Miami Township currently employs 36 police officers, but Hess said that number should be between 50-60.