Liberty Twp. police levy approved by significant margin

Liberty Twp. voters approved a renewal of the police levy with an added increase of .03 mills for a total of a 3.55 mill levy, according to Tuesday night’s unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.

The levy will continue indefinitely instead of the current 5-year renewal rate.

Nearly 68% of the voters approved the levy with 4,502 votes for the levy and 2,099 voting against.

In December, Liberty Township Trustees passed legislation to place the police levy renewal plus the added millage on the ballot to support the contract with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and plan for future growth.

The increase will cost residents an additional $10.50 annually for a house valued at $100,000.

Based on the 2024 tax rates, the cost of the existing police levy is $49.80 for a $100,000 home. With the levy passing, that will bring the total cost of the police levy to $60.30 per $100,000 home, according to officials.

For more than two decades, the township has contracted with BCSO for dedicated police coverage. Twenty-nine contracted positions operate out of the substation in the township administrative offices on Winners Circle Drive, according to township officials.

The township’s population is about 44,000. In 2023, the BCSO received 37,638 calls for service. As the community’s population has grown, calls for police services have increased. The four-year total for calls for service is 122,730 calls from 2020 to 2023.

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