I should let you know up front that this month’s article is pretty much a repeat of last month’s article. This isn’t because I have nothing else to write about. As usual, there is a lot happening in our City and in future months I’ll have a lot of information to share with you regarding re-development plans in our downtown area and other issues.
This month, though, I want to re-emphasize the fact that we have two important issues on this year’s ballot. They are both Renewal Levies that will require no increase in taxes.
The first issue is a 0.9 Mill Renewal Levy for Current Expenses for a period of Five Years. The amount of tax dollars paid for this levy has not increased for the past 40 years or so. It is costing the average Willoughby homeowner about $8.00 per year. The levy generates about $132,000 a year for our General Fund and is used for operating expenses for all of our various departments.
The second issue is a 2 Mills Renewal Levy for Roads and Bridges for a period of Five Years. It was first approved by the voters 10 years ago and this is the second time it is up for renewal. Again, this will not result in a tax increase. For the average Willoughby homeowner it equates to about $102 per year.
This is an extremely important levy which provides about $1.1 million per year for our Annual Road Program. We use this money to resurface asphalt streets and repair sections of concrete streets. Absent this money, the City could not resurface our streets, or even keep them in decent repair. As we all know, good streets are necessary both for safety and to maintain property values.
Have a great month.
- Fiscal Review Implementation Report April 2012 Update (4.3 MB)
- Meeting Room Application (71.7 KB)
- Solicitors Application (465.0 KB)
- Trash Collection Resident Letter 2012 (222.9 KB)
- Waste Management Letter 2012 (1.6 MB)
- Willoughby City Council Considering Redrawing Wards (43.3 KB)
- Willoughby Fiscal Task Force (501.6 KB)
- Willoughby Public Records Request Form(2) (59.3 KB)
- Willoughby Ward Map (Jan 2014) (1.4 MB)