HOWLAND — Township administrators will likely impose a new ongoing police tax of $1.5 million on the November ballot.
“The three of us administrators agreed that it was something that was absolutely necessary,” director Rick Clark said of a public discussion Wednesday between himself and directors Matthew Vansuch and James LaPolla.
The next regular board meeting will be in June.
Township Police Chief Nick Roberts floated the idea of a new levy at the trustees’ meeting in February, saying the last approved police levy in the township was a replacement levy in 2012 – he 10 years ago.
The proposed levy would generate about $686,200 and cost the taxpayer $52.50 for every $100,000 of tax assessment, the chief said.
Roberts said the levy money would help the department hire another officer, bring it to full strength and reduce overtime costs, and would also be used for training and equipment. The staff list on the township’s website now lists 19 staff members, including the chief and deputy chief.
The police department uses UAN, or Uniform Accounting Network, which requires the department to carry over 20% of its budget to the following year to cover its first three months of operation.
“Unfortunately, every year we fail,” said Roberts.
In 2021, the department fell $132,000 below its deferral target, and in 2022, it fell $318,000.
Roberts said the department has been fortunate to cover some recent expenses with U.S. bailout funding and for the past two years has covered some officers’ sick leave with COVID-19 relief money. 19, but this source of funding will not support a police service in the future.
He added that he had made as many cuts as possible without jeopardizing the safety of the community or his officers, and he knows it is a difficult time to ask for money with inflation and prices. gasoline highs that affect everyone.
“We hope our residents and business owners feel the same and will support our efforts so that we can continue to provide our officers with tools, training and equipment to keep our community safe for years to come. to come”, said Robert.
Trustees will likely give the severance request a first reading in June and approve it in July, Clark said.
In other matters, the directors at their Wednesday meeting:
• Increase the hourly rate for part-time seasonal employees of the Public Works Department from $9.27 to $10.50 and hire seasonal part-time employees Lane Goble and Zachary Brill as needed;
• agreed to the retirement of part-time postal clerk Patty Davis, effective June 16, and hired Erna Weber as a part-time postal clerk at $10.59 per hour without benefits, as needed, from April 27;
• Accepted the resignation of part-time Township Events Coordinator Alex Cornicelli, effective May 23, and hired Aubrie Manley to the position at $15 per hour without benefits, as needed, effective May 9;
• Hired Lori Stull as a part-time substitute administrative assistant for the township’s fire, police and public works departments, effective June 1, at $15 per hour without benefits, as needed;
• accepted the resignation of Fire Training Instructor James Williamson, effective May 1;
• Declared the following nuisances: 3448 Beechwood Ave., 3254 Crestview Ave. SE, 8141 Castle Rock Drive NE, 8848 King Graves Road, 6060 Mines Road, 2878 Niles Vienna Road, 2915 North Road, 8618 Old Orchard Ave., 3478 Overlook Ave., 3479 Overlook Drive, 3273 Valacamp Ave., 3589 Valacamp Ave. , 3709 Valacamp Ave. and 2699 Fairview Ave.;
• Approval of Howland to be part of a multi-jurisdictional grant for the Trumbull County Broadband Preliminary Study. The Western Reserve Port Authority is the lead agency, and Howland has pledged to contribute 16% up to $5,000;
• Approved the purchase of an $89,638 International 2023 Dump Truck Body and Plow Assembly from Gledhill Road Machinery Co. through the State’s Cooperative Purchasing Program; and
• Approved the purchase of a $32,670 asphalt heating box from Southeastern Equipment Co., through the Sourcewell government rebate program, which is cheaper than the state cooperative purchase.