Road & Bridge Renewal Levy

ISSUE 7 on May 2 Ballot Was Approved

  • 1.85-mill road and bridge renewal levy with a 5-year term
  • Funds road and bridge services in the unincorporated area
  • Renews an expiring
    1.85-mill levy
  • Funds 39% of the Public Works Department budget

What It Provides

  • Continues current service levels for 5 more years
  • Allows the township to service a growing network of roads
  • Raises about $1.985 million in the first year – the same as the expiring levy

What it Costs

  • $113.01 in the first year (2018) for a home valued at $200,000
  • In the first year, homeowners would pay the same as what they did in 2017
  • After that, the amount paid will not rise over the next five years, and could decline slightly

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Road & Bridge Renewal Levy

Washington Township’s 1.85-mill Road and Bridge Levy, originally set to expire at the end of 2017, was renewed by voters in the May primary election. A total of 74.44% of township voters cast their ballot in favor of the levy, according to the unofficial final election report from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Approved for the ballot by Washington Township trustees, the 1.85-mill renewal levy is the same millage and five-year duration as the one it replaces. In addition, a renewal levy cannot collect more taxes overall than the levy that is due to expire.

Township trustees were able to choose a renewal that doesn’t increase millage because property values have risen by 5 percent over the past five years and inside millage – sometimes called non-voted millage – has generated $115,890 more than it did in 2012. Also, a vehicle registration fee approved by trustees that went into effect in January is expected to raise an estimated $150,000 per year.

“We’ve made a commitment to the community to control costs,” said Trustee President Scott Paulson. “We’ve looked carefully at expenditures and revenue and taken a conservative approach to the levy request.”

Passage of the levy allows the township to continue its current level of service for another five years. Revenue, estimated at $1.98 million in the first year of the levy, pays for road maintenance and construction in the unincorporated area of Washington Township and enables the township to service an expanding network of roads that has reached 146.7 centerline miles.

“It's more cost effective to maintain roads than to wait until they begin to deteriorate. Well-maintained roads make economic sense,” said Township Administrator Jesse Lightle. In addition to ongoing street maintenance, capital improvement projects for the next five years include work on Nutt and Gebhart roads, she said.

"Repairing and replacing deteriorating roadway improves public safety and helps prevent maintenance problems for vehicles. It also contributes to attractive neighborhoods and enhances property values," said Paulson.

Most of the Public Works budget is comprised of property tax – 39 percent from the proposed levy and 50 percent from 2.35 inside mills that are not subject to taxpayer approval.

Unlike cities which are not required to return to voters once an income tax levy is passed, township governments must do so on a regular basis when property tax levies expire. "Every time a levy expires, residents have the opportunity – through their votes – to let us know if local government is doing what they wish,” said Paulson. “This requirement forces townships to offer a highly accountable form of government."

What Road & Bridge Dollars Fund

  • Road improvements
  • Road resurfacing
  • Striping of roadways
  • Sidewalk repair and addition
  • Storm water management within the public right-of-way
  • Sight-distance maintenance at intersections
  • Ice and snow removal
  • Road maintenance
  • Tree trimming
  • Curb and gutter repair and reconstruction
  • Traffic control, including signs and signals
 

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