Licking County News

Etna voters to decide another road and bridge levy request

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Etna Township trustees are asking voters for the third time in three years to approve a 1.5-mill road and bridge levy.

The levy will be on the May 6 primary ballot.

Licking County Auditor Michael Smith estimated the levy would generate $518,216.

The levy would cost township homeowners an additional $52.50 per year per $100,000 of assessed property valuation.

Trustees said the township doesn't generate enough money to maintain roads on a 10- to 12-year cycle.

John Carlisle, president of the Etna Township board of trustees, said the township wants residents to know the money will be used for maintenance of Etna Township roads and will not be used for any projects on state routes in the township.

He said recent state cuts removing local government funds, estate taxes and personal property taxes "have left a hole we cannot fill."

Fiscal Officer Walter Rogers said the township in 2014 is expected to collect $240,550 from real-estate taxes, $105,000 in fuel-tax receipts and $85,000 from the automobile-license tax, which totals $430,550 for road and bridge repairs.

The township has budgeted $218,500 in 2014 for salaries and benefits for the three full-time employees of the road department, which leaves $212,050 for fuel, material, repairs and replacement equipment costs.

Rogers has said the township maintains nearly 52 miles of streets and rural roads, the majority of which are in subdivisions.

Carlisle said the cost to replace one mile of roadway is $100,000.

Township voters rejected 1.5-mill road levies in May 2013 and November 2012.

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