Licking County News

Etna Township road and bridge levy rejected

Etna Township voters did not agree that the township needed a five-year, 1.5-mill levy that would have generated $503,400 annually to fund road and bridge repairs.

According to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections, the issue was rejected 4,706 votes to 2,916 votes.

The levy would have cost $45.94 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.

Township Fiscal Officer Walter Rogers said 75 percent of Etna Township roads are within subdivisions, which cost more to pave because of various restrictions that must be followed.

The township collects $238,826 annually in state funds that can be used to work on its 51 miles of roads and purchase salt to clear roads in the winter.

The township also collects a permissive license tax for residents' license plate renewals. Rogers said that generates $50,000 to $52,000 annually for road repairs.

Trustee Randy Foor said trustees will have to talk about the failed issue during their 2013 budget discussions.

-- Lori Wince