Newton Falls council votes to try again for road levy

NEWTON FALLS — A road levy that failed in November will appear again on the May 8 ballot.

Village Council voted Monday night to place the 2-mill continuing additional levy request on the ballot. If passed, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $70 a year.

“We’re trying to have an affordable revenue source to address the aging roads,” village manager Jack Haney said.

The village does not have a road levy, but about $50,000 is received annually for road repairs after license fees were raised, he said. However, the price of asphalt has increased and the village doesn’t have the money to keep up with the roads, he said.

“It takes about $150,000 for one mile of two-lane asphalt,” Haney stated previously.

Mayor Lyle Waddell said the levy is necessary if the residents want street department services and repaved roads.

“It’s hard to go to property owners and ask for property tax,” 2nd Ward Councilman John Baryak said. “Wish we could do it another way, but we can’t. (It’s) one of the only ways to get the money.”

With the levy generating $117,877 a year, the village would begin repaving roads this year. If the levy doesn’t pass, Haney said the village will continue to maintain and repair the roads, but repaving will have to wait.

Also at Monday’s meeting, council passed a resolution to remove term limits on the mayor and council members. Councilman at-Large Tarry Alberini said that will allow members to continue working on projects they began.

In other business:

• Newton Township Trustee Peter Augusta said he is not interested in merging with the village but wants to work together for future development and hopes to do this soon;

• Council passed a motion to change the name of Rotary Park to Thomas Park;

• Haney said the McDonald’s restaurant at 20 N. Canal St. will be remodeled.