Bethel voters renew levy

By Cecilia Fox -

BETHEL TWP. — Bethel Township residents voted 58-41 percent in support of a 3.8 mill renewal levy.

Township officials are “extremely excited, relieved and thankful” for the support of the voters, Township Administrator Andy Ehrhart said. Unofficial results show the levy passed with 58 percent of the vote.

The 3.8 mill renewal levy generates approximately $422,000 annually for the general fund. The renewal will not increase taxes.

It has been used in the past for infrastructure projects, including sewer extensions and paving, Ehrhart said.

“We’ve done a lot with the levy since 2004,” he said.

Some of those projects include the water line extension to Phoneton and the sewer line to Brandt, a sewer line to the schools, the paving of Brandt, and the new bathrooms at Friendship Park, Ehrhart said.

The township has spent roughly $3.1 million over the course of this levy on infrastructure projects, he said.

“We try to do the most with the money we have and to be good stewards,” he added.

The township has four main levies including the one up for renewal in November, Ehrhart said. There are two fire levies and a police levy that provides for services from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

By Cecilia Fox

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