Johnstown and Monroe Township voters will decide levies Tuesday that, if approved, would fund fire, library and parks services.

Johnstown and Monroe Township voters will decide levies Tuesday that, if approved, would fund fire, library and parks services.

Monroe Township voters will see a permanent 3-mill levy that will cost homeowners $92 annually for each $100,000 of home value. The levy would apply in addition to the existing 6.0 mill levy, first established in 1998, when the fire department was privately operated and had only four employees.

Monroe Township Fire Chief Dudley Wright said the department has been careful with its spending, citing as an example an EMS vehicle the township bought at nearly a 40 percent discount from what most fire departments pay.

They started simple and kept it simple, he said, buying a pickup truck chassis rather than a "big, medium-duty chassis." The unit itself was simple, as well: " there's no bells and whistles, no on-board computers. It's made out of metal and made to be refurbished at a fraction of the cost of a new truck

"We felt for our community it was a better bang for the buck."

Alexandria library

Residents of the Northridge school district will decide whether to support the Alexandria library with a five-year, 1-mill levy that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $31 annually.

"Last year from the (state) public library fund we received $253,000, and the year before that we received $318,000," Denise Shedloski said. "Every year since 2008 it has gone down."

The library has lost about one-third of its staff, primarily through attrition.

"We have cut our hours from 52 to 44 hours per week, we've cut our materials budget by 15 percent, we've cut our staffing through attrition, whenever anyone retired or went to college or took another job," the library director said. "We cut our staff by about a third."

County parks district

Countywide, voters will decide whether to give the parks system its first dedicated revenue stream, a five-year, 0.2-mill property tax levy that would raise approximately $740,000 annually and would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $6.13.

Since 1990, the county commissioners have funded parks from the general fund budget, but last year the county cut the parks funding by 53 percent.

Parks director Russ Edgington said the district has historically operated at a budget of about $500,000, but next year expects to receive about $290,000 from the county.

The parks district's staff members are responsible for 1,500 acres of green space and more than 36 miles of bike trails.

Park facilities include Infirmary Mound Park in Granville; Frederick R. Reese Preserve in Mary Ann Township; Lobdell Reserve in Alexandria; Morris Woods State Nature Preserve near Johnstown;Johnstown and Monroe Township voters will decide levies Tuesday that, if approved, would fund fire, library and parks services.

Monroe Township voters will see a permanent 3-mill levy that will cost homeowners $92 annually for each $100,000 of home value. The levy would apply in addition to the existing 6.0 mill levy, first established in 1998, when the fire department was privately operated and had only four employees.

Monroe Township Fire Chief Dudley Wright said the department has been careful with its spending, citing as an example an EMS vehicle the township bought at nearly a 40 percent discount from what most fire departments pay.

They started simple and kept it simple, he said, buying a pickup truck chassis rather than a "big, medium-duty chassis." The unit itself was simple, as well: " there's no bells and whistles, no on-board computers. It's made out of metal and made to be refurbished at a fraction of the cost of a new truck

"We felt for our community it was a better bang for the buck."

Alexandria library

Residents of the Northridge school district will decide whether to support the Alexandria library with a five-year, 1-mill levy that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $31 annually.

"Last year from the (state) public library fund we received $253,000, and the year before that we received $318,000," Denise Shedloski said. "Every year since 2008 it has gone down."

The library has lost about one-third of its staff, primarily through attrition.

"We have cut our hours from 52 to 44 hours per week, we've cut our materials budget by 15 percent, we've cut our staffing through attrition, whenever anyone retired or went to college or took another job," the library director said. "We cut our staff by about a third."

County parks district

Countywide, voters will decide whether to give the parks system its first dedicated revenue stream, a five-year, 0.2-mill property tax levy that would raise approximately $740,000 annually and would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $6.13.

Since 1990, the county commissioners have funded parks from the general fund budget, but last year the county cut the parks funding by 53 percent.

Parks director Russ Edgington said the district has historically operated at a budget of about $500,000, but next year expects to receive about $290,000 from the county.

The parks district's staff members are responsible for 1,500 acres of green space and more than 36 miles of bike trails.

Park facilities include Infirmary Mound Park in Granville; Frederick R. Reese Preserve in Mary Ann Township; Lobdell Reserve in Alexandria; Morris Woods State Nature Preserve near Johnstown; Ohio Canal Greenway near Hebron; Palmer Road Swamp Preserve in Etna Township; Riverview Preserve in Newark; T.J. Evans Recreational Trail between west Newark and Johnstown; Taft Reserve and William C. Kraner Nature Center in the southeast side of the county; and Tyler Powell Preserve in Pataskala.

The county's parks see about 80,000 visitors annually. Ohio Canal Greenway near Hebron; Palmer Road Swamp Preserve in Etna Township; Riverview Preserve in Newark; T.J. Evans Recreational Trail between west Newark and Johnstown; Taft Reserve and William C. Kraner Nature Center in the southeast side of the county; and Tyler Powell Preserve in Pataskala.

The county's parks see about 80,000 visitors annually.