Jefferson Township voters will face a proposed 2-mill levy on the Nov. 8 ballot that would fund such needs as road repairs, cemetery maintenance and services.

Jefferson Township voters will face a proposed 2-mill levy on the Nov. 8 ballot that would fund such needs as road repairs, cemetery maintenance and services.

Residents of both Jefferson and Mifflin townships should expect to see the same leaders next year, though, as no challengers are running against their fiscal officers or trustees in the election.

The Jefferson Township levy would cost about $61.25 annually for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

If approved, the five-year levy would generate about $975,106 annually, according to Tom Spring, township administrator. Collection of the levy would begin in January 2012.

“If approved, this would be the first levy for non-emergency (services) to support roads, zoning developmental services, parks and recreation and administrative support,” he said. “It’s the various other types of services the township has provided for years and years.”

Spring said the new levy would address a roughly 45-percent reduction in general-fund revenue. That decrease is the result of the local government funds being cut in half, as well as the elimination of reimbursements in tangible personal property taxes and losses in utility taxes.

The overall millage rate for services Jefferson Township provides is the lowest among the 17 townships in Franklin County, Spring said. A 45-percent reduction in general-fund revenue would hamper the township’s ability to continue to deliver services residents are accustomed to receiving, he said. Road preventive maintenance, resurfacing and reconstruction would be virtually impossible without additional funds, he said. Even with passage, Jefferson Township would have the lowest overall tax rate for township services, he said.Spring said the population of Jefferson Township has more than doubled since the 2000 census. The population was about 4,599 and climbed to about 10,244 in 2010 in the unincorporated areas.“We have a lot more residents to serve and will have half the revenue when you phase out reimbursements and taxes the next couple years,” he said. “It will be a struggle for us to keep up the services.”

Candidates for Jefferson Township include fiscal officer Ken Jones, who originally was appointed in May 2004 following the death of Carl Glenn. Jones ran for office to fill the remainder of the term in 2005 and won. He then was election to a full term in 2007. Jones is seeking his second full term.

Jones previously worked as an auditor for PriceWaterhouse/Coopers. He’s a certified public accountant. Jones retired from full-time business positions in 2001.

Jefferson trustee Mike Rowan also is running unopposed to return to his seat on the board. He moved to the township in 1992 and teaches at Ohio State University and Columbus State.

Mifflin Township fiscal officer Nancy White is running unopposed. She was elected fiscal officer in November 1983 and began serving on March 1, 1984. She has been a resident of the Gahanna area since 1970.

Mifflin trustee Richard Angelou also has no challengers. He was appointed to the board of trustees in 1994. Subsequently, he was elected to that office for 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. He oversees the service department, which includes the cemeteries and the roads. In 1994, he retired from the Whitehall schools after teaching since 1966.