ROAMING SHORES — Voters in Roaming Shores will decide in November whether to approve a new levy to fund the police department
Issue 45 is a three-year, 4-mill levy that would generate $257,152 for the village police department. If passed it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $140 annually in taxes.
Police Chief Will Roskos was not available for comment on the levy and a police sergeant did not return a call seeking comment.
The village currently has two police levies — a 3-mill police levy passed in 2015 which generates $162,503 per year and a 3-mill police levy passed in 2017 which generates $172,582 per year.
Clerk-Treasurer Leeann Moses said if the additional 4-mill levy is approved by voters, the village intends to let the existing 3-mill levy passed in 2015 expire next year.
“Our police department is growing and expenses are growing,” Moses said.
Moses said the police department has been existence since 1990 and over the years it has varied between a part and full-time department.
Currently the department is a full-time department with a chief, sergeant, one patrol officer and two part-time officers. If the additional levy does not pass the village would need to consider making some changes, Moses said.
“Our department provides very good coverage for the village,” Moses said. “This is the largest force we have ever had.”
Other areas in south county are also seeking additional or replacement levies in an effort to generate more money.
Issue 13 is a 5-year, additional 1-mill fire and EMS levy that if passed would generate $15,099 per year. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home would be $35 annually. The township will also ask voters to consider renewing Issue 14, an existing 5-year, 1-mill levy that would not result in any new taxes.
The township will ask voters to consider replacing two roads and bridges levies. Issue 18 is a 1.5-mill replacement levy that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $53 annually in taxes. The levy, first passed in 2005, currently generates $22,750 and if a replacement is passed it will generate $27,460.
Issue 19 is a 3-mill replacement levy that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $105 annually. The levy, first passed in 1995, currently generates $27,526 and if a replacement passes it will generate $54,919.
Issue 25 is a 5-year, additional 1-mill levy for parks and recreation. If passed the levy would generate $40,300 per year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35 annually in additional taxes.
The township currently has no parks and recreation levies.
Jefferson Joint Union Cemetery District
Issue 36 is a five-year replacement plus 1-mill levy for cemetery operating expenses.
If passed the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $35 in annual tax. The levy, first passed in 2005, currently generates $73,048 and if passed it would generate $101,029.