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The Miami Township Board of Trustees voted Tuesday, December 5, 2023, to put a 5.5 mill tax renewal levy before voters in March 2024 that would continue the current levy passed in May 2019. There would be no increase for township taxpayers. It would generate $3.4 million for maintaining vehicles, communications, building maintenance and officer and staff salaries. Trustees agree that a renewal is the most fiscally responsible decision currently.
“The sentiment is challenging because we want to have the best police department in the area, but coming from a taxpayer base that just approved a new fire district levy, and just approved an increase in the last police levy, it is my inclination to support renewal at this stage,” Trustee Terry Posey, Jr., said. “It is the citizens that get to have a direct impact in their community, specifically the quality of their police force. The township staff worked hard to make sure the request being made was as minimal a burden as possible while maintaining the present staffing and resources levels.”
“Without passage of this renewal levy, the department must determine where cuts would need to be made,” Police Chief Charlie Stiegelmeyer said.
The police department operates using two tax levies. Voters passed a 5.75 mill permanent property tax levy last May. The department’s current operating budget is $7.3 million.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:December 6, 2023Contact: Jill Drury, Communications Manager(937) 433-9969