By Scott Halasz
SPRING VALLEY TOWNSHIP — Voters in Spring Valley Township defeated a 1 mill additional operating levy Tuesday.
According to unofficial totals from the Greene County Board of Elections, 53.6 percent (542) voted no, while 46.34 percent (468) voted yes.
The levy would have generated $83,000 annually for five years and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $35 per year. It was necessitated by state funding cuts, including the elimination of the estate tax, which was between $50,000 and $250,000 of township income annually. The state also trimmed the township’s share of local government funding from $49,000 to $26,000 per year.
The township does have one active operating levy, but it only produces $6,600 a year.
The general fund covers township administration including zoning services and the parks. The township can also give money to animal control, mosquito control and the library but has only been contributing to the library for several years.
More cuts are inevitable now, Fiscal Officer Kitty Crockett said.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.