Two new Ashtabula Township levies on May ballot

Ashtabula Township trustees will ask May voters to pass a new, 1-mill levy to support the township's three cemeteries. Picture here is Edgewood Cemetery off State Road.

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Voters are going to be asked to approve two new township levies in May.

There will be a 1-mill, five-year cemetery levy and a 2-mill, five-year fire department levy on the ballot. 

“The cemetery levy is to install a new water line and road repairs at our cemeteries,” said Robert Dille, township clerk. “The fire department levy is to replace nearly $700,000 lost from the state.”

The cemetery will raise $121,000 annually and cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $33 per year, Dille said.

“We have three big cemeteries and state cuts have made it so we can’t afford to hire more people to take care of them,” said Joe Pete, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The fire department levy will raise about $242,000 per year and cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $66 per year, he said.

“The fire levy will allow us to continue to provide the citizens of the township with

the excellent fire and EMS services they are accustomed to

having,” Trustee Stephen McClure said.

“We have been very careful with our financial planning over the years and would appreciate a yes vote on May 8.”

Trustee Board Chair person Bambi Paulchel said the levies are needed so the township can upgrade water lines and repair roads in the cemeteries. 

“We plan to update and maintain our fire and emergency equipment in the fire department,” she said.

The levies purposely exclude the city because city residents have voted down township issues in the past, Dille said.