Trustees discuss levies, election

For the Troy Daily News

MONROE TOWNSHIP — William House, vice president of Tipp Monroe Community Services (TMCS) Board of Directors attended the Monroe Township Trustees on Oct. 17 meeting to express TMCS’s thanks for the township board assisting in placement of the 0.5 mill tax levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Stressing the importance for passage of this township-wide, five-year replacement levy, House spoke that is has been 24 years ago since the last replacement levy and that brochures about to be distributed soon to Monroe Township and Tipp City residents will help to explain the need to update from the 1992 valuation. Programs provided by TMCS include recreational activities, educational classes and special community events.

The board also reminded voters that unincorporated township residents will be asked to vote on a levy for the combined purposes of Fire Protection Services and Emergency Medical Services. The proposed levy is for 2.0 mills for a period of five years. This levy would be taking the place of the current 1.0 mill Fire Protection Services Levy and the one 1.0 mill Emergency Medical Services Levy, both of which will expire in 2016. Therefore, the total millage would continue to be 2.0 mills as it is now.

As stated in the last October board meeting, “combining the two existing levies allows the township to use funds for both fire protection and emergency medical services in the amounts needed for each service, which changes each year.”

Also, the township will only need to place a levy on the ballot every five years instead of every two to three years. This move saves the township on ballot expenses, which instead can be applied to services that directly benefit township residents. It was pointed out as well that Monroe Township & Tipp City Fire Service & EMS provide exceptional service to the community while in the meantime Monroe Township remains one of the lowest in levy millage for this service 2.0 mill in Miami County.

The Monroe Township Water and Sewer District Board of Trustees has called a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 that is open to the public. This meeting will be held in the Monroe Township meeting room, 6 E. Main St., Tipp City. Other meetings and events affecting local residents include the last Miami County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off in 2016 on Wednesday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2200 N. County Road 25-A, Troy; the Tipp City Seniors, Inc. 10 a.m. business meeting on Oct. 27 that is open to the public and is held at its current location of 320 S. First St. in Tipp City; and Beggar’s Night in Miami County on Monday, Oct. 31 between 6-8 p.m. Due to the date of this year’s Beggar’s night landing on the fifth Monday of the month, the traditional Monday quarterly meeting by Tri-Agency will shift to a Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. and will be hosted by the City of Tipp City.

As a reminder, the semi-annual clean-up at Maple Hill Cemetery as well as other township cemeteries will begin the week of Oct. 30. Gravesite decorations must be removed by Oct. 29 and then individuals may begin re-decorating the graves for winter beginning Nov. 6. It is required