Trustees are asking for $453,000 a year to fix roads and bridges in Amherst Township.
Issue 15 calls for an additional 3.9-mill property tax for the next five years. Township fiscal officer Howard Akin said it would cost an extra $11.38 per month ($136.56 per year) for every $100,000 worth of property you own.
“We can’t keep up with the road problems we’ve had. We haven’t had an increase in a long time,” Akin said.
Hidden Valley is where the bulk of the expense is in road repair. But state support for road repairs targets heavily-traveled areas such as Oberlin Road, not subdivisions.
“It’s kind of a sad situation, but if we don’t get the money, if we don’t pass this levy, it’s going to be a lot harder to get to the roads,” Akin said.
Since 2008, Amherst Township has lost $261,000 per year in local government funds from the state, solid waste district money, and state taxes, he said.