Voters in Gahanna and unincorporated areas of Mifflin Township again will see levies to support the township fire and police departments.

Voters in Gahanna and unincorporated areas of Mifflin Township again will see levies to support the township fire and police departments.

Mifflin Township trustees on Jan. 25 voted to place the levies on the May 3 ballot.

The trustees voted for a 3.8-mill levy to support the fire department and an 8.8-mill levy to support the police department - the same levies voters defeated in November. The deadline to place levies on the May ballot is Feb. 2.

Voters in the city of Gahanna and the township will vote on the fire levy because the Mifflin Township Fire Department provides service to Gahanna and the township.

Only township residents will vote on the police levy because the Mifflin Township Police Department serves the unincorporated areas of the township.

The levies, if approved, would generate $3.8-million for the fire department and about $389,000 for the police department, respectively, according to the Franklin County Auditor's Office. The fire levy would cost about $116 more annually for every $100,000 of assessed property valuation, and the police levy would cost residents in the unincorporated areas of the township about $269 a year per $100,000.

The trustees had been prepared Jan. 18 to approve resolutions to place the levies on the May ballot but postponed approval after Fire Chief Jim DeConnick raised concerns about the ballot language for the fire levy.

Police Chief Michael Pocock also requested additional time to study the ballot language and his options after fiscal officer Nancy White pointed out that a separate five-year, 2-mill levy that funds the police department is up for renewal this year and will need to be placed on the November ballot.

DeConnick said he wanted to see if the ballot language for the fire levy could be changed to better explain how the money would be used.

White said the township would have to check with the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office for approval to do so.

Trustee chairman Joe Spanovich said Pocock has "a vexing problem" with the police-levy situation.

"You have to make a decision on how you want to place them on the ballot, if you want to place them on the ballot," he said.

Trustees also approved temporary budget appropriations for 2011, based on each department head's proposed budgets for the year.

The trustees will hold a staff meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 and their next regular meeting at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the township hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Road.

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