Liberty Twp. police levy passes overwhelmingly

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Voters in Liberty Twp. gave strong support for the township’s police levy renewal request with more than 80 percent voting in support.

Final unofficial results show the 3-mill renewal passed by 81 to 19 percent. The trustees voted to put the renewal on the ballot, and the vote was not unanimous. Trustee Christine Matacic argued for a renewal plus a new 0.50-mill levy, which would have cost an extra $17 per $100,000 of home valuation.

With the straight renewal, Trustee Board President Steve Schramm said residents should see a tax cut. He said he is grateful the voters trust their judgment.

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“I am very happy that our voters are confident in us doing the right thing,” Schramm said. “They have always been great supporters for our fire and police and we look forward to spending their money wisely.”

In the township that has quadrupled over the past two decades, trustees say it is difficult to predict needs five years out. The township contracts with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for police protection, and Major Mike Craft had recommended adding four new deputies over the course of the new five-year contract. The trustees ratified a new $3 million deal with the sheriff last month with no additional staff.

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The trustees debated a renewal or a replacement, which would capture new valuations and bring in an estimated $3.3 million, but there is a catch in that option. If the expiring levy is disturbed, taxpayers would lose their state-paid Homestead Exemption tax rollbacks.

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