October 2015 VOLUME 32 NUMBER 10

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The township minutes are posted on our website at www.bostontownship.org and outside the fiscal office at the Boston Township Hall. Our meetings are covered by the Westside Leader.

Zoning: We have an open position on our zoning board as well as an alternate position. If you are interested please contact one of the trustees.


Please Vote Yes on November 3, 2015!

In the Fall of 1996, the Boston Township Trustees asked the voters in the township to approve a 7-mill levy to be used for police protection. The levy was passed by the voters in 1996 and continued in effect for five years. In 2001, 2006 and 2011 replacement levies were passed by township voters. The existing levy will expire at the end of 2016.

When a levy is collected, it is only allowed to generate the same amount of revenue each year. Under normal conditions, as the values of the properties in the community increase, the rate of collection is reduced to reflect the higher property values. Due to relatively stagnant property values, the current Police Levy is still being collected at a rate of 7 mills for the year 2015. A Replacement Levy is one that is collected at the original rate (7 mills in this case), but takes advantage of any increase in property values. A 7-mill levy in Boston Township will generate $ 151,629 per year for five years.

The Township has the option of asking for levies for different purposes. A General Operating levy would put money into the Township’s General Fund, but would not specify what it could be spent on. A Capital Equipment levy would require that the Township purchase a large piece of equipment, such as a tractor or dump truck. The Trustees feel that there are better ways to finance the purchase of road equipment. A Road Levy would raise funds to maintain and re-surface Township roads, but most of our residents do not live on a Township road. A Police Levy provides the taxpayers with a specific purpose for their tax dollars. In the long run, the Trustees feel that all of our residents receive equal benefit from a Police Levy. Providing police protection is the most important safety function currently provided by the Township.

WEBSITE: Visit our Website at www.bostontownship.org to find up-to-date Township information. Contact numbers for the trustees: Amy Anderson: 330-657-2439, Randy Bergdorf: 330-655-5698, and Jerry Ritch: 330-657-2015; Fiscal Officer Joanne Noragon: 330-657-2059; Road Department Tim Tesmer and Doug Mayer: 330-657-2600; and Zoning inspector, Doug Mayer at 330-657-2601.