Trustees remind of fire, EMS levy

MONROE TOWNSHIP — Since early voting begins Oct. 12 at the Miami County Board of Elections and absentee ballots will be mailed out soon thereafter, the Monroe Township Trustees took time in their Oct. 3 meeting to remind area voters in the unincorporated areas of Monroe Township that they will be asked on Nov. 8 to approve a new levy for the combined purposes of Fire Protection Services and Emergency Medical Services in the unincorporated township.

The proposed levy would be for two (2.0) mills for a period of five years. This levy would take the place of the current one (1.0) mill Fire Protection Services Levy and the one (1.0) mill Emergency Medical Services Levy, both of which will expire in 2016. So the total millage would continue to be 2.0 mills as it is now.

Combining the two existing levies allows the township to use the funds for both Fire Protection Services and Emergency Medical Services in the amounts needed for each service, which changes each year. Additionally, the township will only need to put a levy on the ballot every 5 years instead of every two to three years. This saves the township on ballot expenses, which can instead be applied to services which directly benefit township residents.

Another levy on this year’s November ballot for township and Tipp City voters is a 0.5 mill tax levy for Tipp-Monroe Community Services as a township-wide replacement levy for a five year period from 2017-2021. Voters are reminded the last replacement levy passed for the Tipp-Monroe Community Services was 24 years ago and carried a 1992 valuation.

The township has announced that Monroe Township staff will be conducting its semi-annual Cemetery Flower Cleanup at all township cemeteries beginning the week of October 30. Individuals may begin re-decorating gravesites with winter decorations after Nov. 6. Everyone is advised that all artificial arrangements must be in a non-glass vase, hanging devise, or a monument saddle. It is helpful to permanently mark the deceased name and contact person on the bottom of the saddle so identification can be made if it is blown off the monument. Additionally it was stated that the cemetery prohibits the placement of landscape rocks around monuments, glass containers, wire, toys and figurines as they pose maintenance and safety issues.

The Monroe Township Water and Sewer District will be meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, October 10 in the Monroe Township meeting room, 6 E. Main St. in Tipp City. As a reminder, the township building and facilities will be closed during the daytime office hours on Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day but the meeting room section of the building will be open to the public for the Water and Sewer District monthly meeting later that evening.

Other events and meetings noted at the township board meeting include the weekly Miami County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 2200 N. County Road 25-A, Troy through the month of October; Tipp City Seniors Inc. 10 a.m. business meetings that are open to the public on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at its current location of 320 S. First St., Tipp City; and Beggar’s Night in Miami County on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Resolutions passed at the Oct. 3 meeting included township bill payments totaling $82,510.34; and acceptance of the financial status reports of Sept. 30, 2016 and the bank reconciliation of Aug. 31, 2016, as presented by the township fiscal officer.

The next meeting held by the township trustees will be 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 in the meeting room at 6 E. Main St., Tipp City.