Genoa Township's police and fire levy committee is working to make a recommendation to the trustees on Dec. 3.

Genoa Township's police and fire levy committee is working to make a recommendation to the trustees on Dec. 3.

The recommendations will include millage amounts for police and fire levies that could go on the ballot in May.

As part of the process, committee chairman John Troy has asked the trustees about police and fire department needs before making that recommendation.

Troy asked the trustees if the township's general fund should include reserves for the police and fire departments.

The township's audit and finance committee is working to create a line item in the general fund for reserves. The current budget does not include any reserves, said administrator Paul Wise.

"There's carryover balances but nothing stated as a reserve fund," Wise said.

The township's general fund reserve line item would be for all non-levied services, which include administration, parks and zoning.

Township services that are funded by levies are the police and fire departments, as well as the maintenance department, which handles roads and bridges.

These departments also have no line item reserve, Wise said.

Trustee Gerry Cotter said at the Oct. 15 trustees meeting she did not want to include reserves for the levied services in the general fund. The other trustees agreed.

"I think the township has held off on a lot of projects for a long time and that's how the reserves built up in the general fund. But it's because we've been trying to survey and get a long-term plan in place," Cotter said.

"Personally, I think there should be some buffer in the departments themselves. I think that we have really good managers right now that try and save money wherever they can and not just spend down their entire budget each year," she said.

"I would like to continue going forward that way because I think that's been successful," she added. "If we have a levy failure, I would hate to be in the position of having to cut service because we don't have enough funds in reserve," she added.

Troy has said he would take the trustees' response back to the committee, which will continue to discuss the levies until its presentation to trustees in December.

In 2005, township residents passed two separate five-year, 3.3-mill levies for the police and fire departments. The township's three-year, 0.7-mill road and bridge also passed and was renewed in 2008, according to the Delaware County Board of Elections.

The township also has a roads levy committee. It is active only right before an election, assistant administrator Joe Clase said.

The next road and bridge levy to fund the maintenance department will not be on the ballot until 2011.

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