Tue. 11:08 pm: Howland seeks first general fund levy

HOWLAND — With less money coming from the state, township trustees at a special meeting today approved placing a 1.5-mill, five-year general fund levy request on the Nov. 3 general election ballot to cover current expenses and maintain services.

This marks the first time a general fund levy for Howland has ever been on the ballot.

Trustee Chairman Rick Clark said the levy would generate $593,139 annually to offset the shortfall and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $52.50 per year.

“Our funding stream from the state has been cut in the past five years. We have never had a general fund levy. We have been good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, but to go forward and to continue providing the services the taxpayers expect, we will not be able to do without a levy,” Clark said.

He said the state has cut taxes at the state level and it is now up to the local taxpayers to decide what they want to fund.

The proceeds from the levy will be used for road paving, traffic lights, the local post office branch, senior citizen center, zoning department, matching funds for grants, and quality-of-life items such summer recreation programs and July 4th events.

“All of this comes from the general fund,” Clark said.

Read more in the Wednesday Tribune Chronicle.