There are 153 miles of roadways in the township and in 2012, the cost of re-paving and maintaining township roads was $304,648 compared $714,925 in 2019, the most recent year cited by officials during their presentation.
If trustees do approve the $5 annual vehicle tax at their meeting later this month, it would not be collected until 2023, pending state approval in 2022.
No one from the public spoke concerning the proposed vehicle tax during the meeting’s public comment portion.
If approved by trustees — they are scheduled to vote on the proposed tax during their next meeting on Dec. 13 — none of the $186,000 projected to be raised from collecting the local tax revenue is allowed by state law to go to funding personnel costs in the township’s roads department.
Trustee Christine Matacic said a local $5 vehicle fee is cheaper than what is charged by some other area municipalities.
“There are other communities who have road taxes to specifically make road improvements,” said Matacic, citing Hamilton’s recent passage of a road tax levy, which costs a $100,000 homeowner in that city $136 annually.
Hamilton and other area communities’ road taxes “come to quite a bit more than the $5 fee we are talking here,” she said.