West Chester Twp. voters pass police, fire levies

Bob Arnold places his absentee ballot in the drop box at Butler County Board of Elections on election day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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Bob Arnold places his absentee ballot in the drop box at Butler County Board of Elections on election day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

West Chester Twp. voters unofficially approved two new West Chester Twp. police and fire levies that would bring in about $10 million annually.

With all 44 precincts counted, the 2-mill fire levy passed 73% to 27% and 2-mill police levy won by a 65% to 35% margin, according to unofficial totals from the Butler County Board of Elections.

Trustee Board President Ann Becker said she was grateful to the voters.

“We appreciate the support of the residents of West Chester and their confidence and appreciation of our emergency services,” Becker said. “Our police and our fire departments work every day to make sure our community is safe and it showed tonight the residents appreciate that work.”

ExploreHere are the results as they are being tabulated

These results are expected to change as more ballots are counted through Nov. 18. We will continue to update these results as more ballots are counted.

Each new 2-mill levy would generate $5 million and the owner of a $200,000 home would pay around $28 a month or $336 annually for both levies.

Police Chief Joel Herzog told the Journal-News recently he had “some concerns” about the levies passing but wasn’t too worried.

“The West Chester voters have always supported us and they recognize what their taxes pay for and the kind of police department and fire department they have,” Herzog said. “They kind of demand the best.”