Westerville News & Public Opinion

Genoa Township to put 1.1-mill roads levy on May ballot

The Genoa Township trustees unanimously approved a levy committee’s recommendation to place a five-year, 1.1-mill roads and bridges replacement levy on the May 2014 ballot.

The existing 0.7-mill levy expires at the end of 2014.

If approved, the measure would cost a total of $59.50 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value, or an increase of $19.68.

The annual cost for a $250,000 home is $148.75, an increase of $49.20.

“This increase is necessary because of the extra roadwork we must do over the next few years,” trustee Karl Gebhardt said in a press release. “A majority of our residential streets and main roads were constructed or improved when the majority of subdivisions were built during Genoa Township’s greatest growth period, from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s. The time has come to reinvest in this infrastructure.”

The levy, if passed, would be the same as the 1.1-mill levy that was in effect from 1985 to 2005.

“We have kept the millage at 0.7 through three levy cycles and for nearly a decade,” trustee Rick Carfagna said. “During this time, we’ve lived within our means and controlled costs by scaling back road projects and deferring maintenance. We cannot continue to deviate from the paving schedule, however, so this funding must be restored in order to adequately maintain our 89 miles of township roadways.”

The levy committee included financial and engineering experts who met weekly over the past several months with administrator Paul Wise and maintenance director Bob Mathews to study the details and offer their recommendations. Committee members were Genoa Township residents Steve Havens, Bill Bird, Connie Goodman, Pat Blayney, Dave Engleson, Eldon Johnston and John Rutledge.