Washington TownshipMontgomery County, Ohio

Police Services Levy

Police Services Replacement Levy is on the March 17 Ballot
Posted on 02/12/2020

Issue 8 - Police Services Levy

March 17 Ballot | 2.3-mill Replacement Levy | Continuous Term

Residents vote March 17 on a 2.3-mill police services replacement levy. The continuous levy would replace an expiring levy of the same value and provide a little more than half of the funding for Washington Township police services which are delivered through a contract with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Levy Cost A Reliable Source of Funding

Trustees opted for a continuous levy because it provides a reliable funding source that enables the township to make decisions about revenue that are driven by township needs rather than a pre-set expiration date, said Trustee President Sharon Lowry. “The levy balances two objectives," said Lowry. "Our goal is to remain conservative with taxpayer money while also maintaining stability for township police services.” 

Per Capita CostsThe replacement levy is expected to generate about $2.76 million per year – an increase of about $222,229 annually. Revenue is sufficient to maintain the current level of police services and keep pace with inflation and an increasing demand for services.

Contracting with the sheriff’s office enables residents to benefit from the economies of scale provided by a large department, to benefit from its services and expertise, and to negotiate the level of police services that are appropriate for the community.


Cost-Effective Services

Washington Township ranks lowest in per capita expenditures among similar nearby communities. In a comparison of five south suburban departments serving communities of at least 15,000, Washington Township's per capita expenditure was $139 compared to an average $229. Comparisons reflect 2018 expenditures.


About the Police Services Levy

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  • Replaces an expiring 2.3-mill levy
  • Funds police services for unincorporated Washington Township

What the Levy Provides

  • Maintains current police service levels
  • Keeps pace with inflation and an increasing demand for services
  • Enables the township to benefit from new construction
  • Provides a reliable funding source
  • Generates about $2.76 million annually, more than half of the police budget

The Cost Per $100,000 of Property ValueExpenditures pic chart

  • 52 cents more per month compared to 2019 ($6.25 per year)
  • The same amount per month as 2016
  •  In total, property owners pay $80.50 annually per $100,000

Who Votes?

  • Residents of unincorporated Washington Township

 


 

High-Quality Services

Accreditation

Montgomery County is the first sheriff’s office in Ohio accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. MCSO has maintained accreditation 33 years and earned the Advanced Meritorious Accreditation Award for adherence to rigorous standards.

Citizen Satisfaction

More than 97% of respondents said they are satisfied with our township police services, according to a 2019 citizen survey by Wright State University Center for Urban Affairs. About 72% reported they were very satisfied. Nearly 1 in 6 had used police services in the last year.

Deputy with CruiserSupport Services

Residents benefit from many critical support services that smaller departments typically cannot afford, including:

SWAT Team | Traffic Reconstruction | Hostage Negotiating Team | Canine Services | Centralized Dispatching | Evidence Technician | Forgery & Fraud | Auto Theft | Domestic Violence | Robbery, Theft & Property Crimes | Regional Training Center | Records Section | Organized Crime: Narcotics, Human Trafficking



Community Engagement & Education

Maintaining strong partnerships with residents, businesses, schools, faith-based groups and community organizations is a high priority. Community engagement initiatives and other low-cost crime prevention efforts are coordinated by a community oriented policing officer, school resource officer and traffic deputy.

Deputy and campersCommunity Events - Deputies participated in more than 25 events last year -- from the Americana Festival to business events and neighborhood block parties. At many, they brought the community resource trailer and fired up the grill.

Neighborhood Watch/Business Watch - Deputies connect with residents and businesses in a variety of ways to keep neighborhoods and business districts safe -- from casual gatherings to Facebook groups to social media apps.

Coffee with a Cop – Residents have the opportunity to meet with local deputies for coffee, ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers.

Community Cruise In - Nearly 1,500 people attended the first Community Cruise In at Watts Middle School where deputies served 800 free hot dogs and more than 150 cars were displayed.

motorcycle deputyTraffic Safety – The substation has received multiple MADD awards for combating impaired driving. Deputies also monitor traffic in high-accident areas, assisted by volunteers who help check speed.

School Programs - A school resource officer serves nine public and private schools where he teaches safety, oversees security, assists with emergency response programs, and patrols for traffic safety.

Security Surveys - Residents and business owners receive personalized advice on how to improve the security of their property, including locks, lighting, windows and security systems.

Vacation House Checks - Deputies help residents who are away on vacation by conducting thorough property checks once or twice each day.

Citizen Education – Deputies speak to community groups on topics related to public safety and police services.