Voters narrowly fail police levy


By Anna DeWine

adewine@civitasmedia.com

BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP — Township residents just barely rejected Issue 14, a 0.9-mill additional continuing levy that would have been used to maintain and expand police services.

The tax levy did not pass on Tuesday night, with 2116 or 49.05 percent voting for the levy and 2196 or 50.95 percent voting against the levy.

The last time a levy was on the ballot for police services in the township was 1978. The township currently funds police services through three continuing property levies, two from 1976 and one from 1978.

Currently, the township does not have its own police department. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office Beavercreek Township Sub-Station provides police services for the area.

The level of service currently provided includes four deputies that are specifically designated for the township, as well as their vehicles, equipment, and the sub station, which is located in the lower level of the fire station.

The passing of the levy would have caused homeowners with a $100,000 home value to pay $31.50 per year. The annual proceeds estimated would have been an additional $238,000.

Because the levy did not pass, trustees will have to negotiate with the sheriff’s office about what can be provided, which may lead to a cut in services.

Township officials were not available for comment as of press time.

Reach Anna DeWine at 937-502-4498.

Reach Anna DeWine at 937-502-4498.