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Recreation Levy - Issue 16

Read the Recreation Levy Pamphlet here.

What the Recreation Levy Provides

• Funds the township’s expansion of services for senior adults

• Pays for the maintenance & improvement of aging facilities

• Funds existing programs for all ages in aquatics, camps, fitness, sports, and the arts

The Monthly Cost
The levy adds $1.14 per month for a $100,000 owner-occupied property. Of this amount, about 25¢ results from the state’s recent elimination of two rollback subsidies.

• Offsets revenue loss from a 4.62% reduction in taxable property starting in 2012

Levy Revenue

• Generates about $640,800 per year in additional revenue

• Provides total revenue of about $1.84 million in the first year

First millage increase in 25 years

Less millage than the original 1.5-mill Rec Levy in 1988

Who Votes?

All Washington Township residents, including those in the City of Centerville.

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The Rec Levy Funds

Aquatics | Athletic Leagues | Fitness | Theater | Sports Classes | Summer Camps |
Youth Care | Senior Programming | Woodland Lights | Competitive Diving | Special Events | Swimming Pools | Playing Fields | Running Track | Countryside Park | Climbing Wall | Meeting Space

Programs for People of All Ages and Varying Abilities

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A Closer Look at What the Levy Provides

Funds the Expansion of Senior Programming

WT Recreation assumed sole responsibility for all of the community’s senior programming in 2015 when Hithergreen Senior Center closed. The township provides a physical home for the Rec West Enrichment Center and activities that span education, entertainment, exercise and wellness. Senior adults also have access to all amenities offered on the recreation campus.

The Cost – Senior programming cost $185,000 in 2017, however current tax millage was established before the township began providing these services.

Keeps Pace with Tax Values

Washington Township’s taxable property fell by 4.62% in 2012 as part of the county’s revaluation cycle. This has reduced recreation funding by nearly $60,000 every year since – a total of $420,000 by the end of 2018. Only a replacement levy can erase the annual loss by collecting tax money based on current property valuations.

Offsets State Funding Reductions

The Recreation budget lost $129,375 from 2011-2015, following the state’s elimination of the Tangible Personal Property Tax Reimbursement and Public Utility Deregulation Replacement Tax.

Pays for Replacement & Improvement

Recreation services opened for business 30 years ago. Since then, the Rec Center has expanded in size, the number of buildings has increased, and structures have aged.However, the Recreation Department operates with less millage than the day it opened. The department has been advanced $343,000 from the township which it must repay and is faced with $757,000 in unfunded projects.

Buildings & Energy – Energy-related repairs and investment for aging buildings include $332,000 for HVAC systems at the Rec Center and Town Hall, energy-efficient windows at Town Hall, and conversion to energy-efficient LED lighting.

Improvements – Replacement of worn and outdated fitness equipment, a new indoor playground, locker room upgrades, roof restoration for Santa’s cabin, restrooms in Countryside Park, upgraded theater seating at Town Hall, permanent striping for the walking track, and acoustic panels at the Enrichment Center.

Advances to Repay – The Rec Center’s original water-flume slide was replaced in 2017 after corrosion was identified. This unanticipated expense was funded with a $250,000 advance from the township. Another $93,000 advance was provided so that the department can benefit from the long-term cost savings of publicly-owned, high-speed fiber connectivity.

Washington Township ranks lowest in per capita expenditures among communities with similar recreation amenities.

 

 

 

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