Bazetta levies for cemetery, general fund

BAZETTA – Two levies will be appearing on the November ballot for township residents: one to fund the upkeep of the township’s cemeteries; the other to supplement its general fund.

The one-mill additional cemetery levy would cost $35 for the owner of property valuated at $100,000, and would bring in about $142,000 annually for maintaining and operating the township’s cemeteries.

“The cemetery does not generate enough money to take care of itself” with lot sales and opening / closing fees, township Fiscal Officer Rita Drew said.

Annual maintenance on the township’s two cemeteries cost about $91,500, with about $70,000 of that coming from the general fund.

The levy would bring in more than necessary for the actual maintenance so that equipment can be updated and more land can be prepared for burials, Drew said.

“We’ve been working on (the additional space) for a while now. We need to get the lot markers in and get it ready to go,” Trustee Frank Parke said. “We just haven’t had the funds, and that’s why we’re putting the levy on.”

The amount would also free up money that has been diverted from the general fund. This, together with the replacement levy, would bolster the money for taking care of township business like administration costs and road paving.

The .4-mill replacement levy on the ballot for the general fund would take the spot of a similar levy enacted in 1976. It would cost $14 a year for the owner of property valuated at $100,000 and bring in about $75,000 for general fund expenses. The current .4-mill levy brings in about one third of that value.

“I ask residents, ‘Could you maintain your house on your income from 1976?'” Drew said.