2018-07-11 / Front Page

Township Road Levy To Be On Nov. 6 Ballot

German Township Trustees took the official vote to put a replacement of the township one-mill road levy on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

With Joe Short absent, Kenneth “Skip” Leupp and Andy Brodbeck voted in favor of approving the estimated amount the replacement levy would generate if it passes, and placing the replacement levy on the ballot.

The trustees have until Aug. 9 to file the paperwork with the Fulton County Board of Elections, but Leupp said, “We might as well get her done.”

The one-mill property tax for roads was first approved by voters in 1971.

As a result of a state law passed in 1976, property tax revenue was reduced to prevent taxes from increasing as property appreciated.

To reduce the taxes, the millage charged on tax bills is reduced.

For years, the road levy has been renewed by voters at the request of the trustees. When passed as a renewal, the levy is continually reduced.

This year, the trustees were faced with the need for $350,000 in road repairs, but only about $200,000 is being spent. As a result, they need to replace the levy, which resets the millage to the full amount.

If German Township voters– inside and outside of the village– approve the replacement, the trustees will receive an estimated $188,306 per year, an increase in revenue of almost 120%.

The owner of a $100,000 home will see his road levy tax go from $11.14 per year to $35.

Right-Of-Way

Ryan and Lindsey Parsons attended the meeting to sign a new right-of-way agreement.

Leupp said the couple is building a new home on Co. Rd. B between Co. Rd. 21 and Co. Rd. 21-2. He told the couple that due to a quirk in the law, there is roughly a 2 1/2-mile stretch of Co. Rd. B with no right of way.

The couple agreed to grant a right-of-way easement to the trustees, which would extend from the center of Co. Rd. B 30 feet into their property.

Trustees approved transferring

$11,250 from the general fund to the cemetery fund. The amount should cover maintenance for the rest of the year.

Albert Garcia, Jr., of GT Contracting, reported crack sealing is completed on Co. Rd. 24. Crack sealing on Co. Rd. F is incomplete, but should be finished in the next month.

Sirens

Keith Short, township fiscal officer, said Karen Miller, treasurer of the Fulton County Township Association, advised trustees that it was recently discovered the county does not have insurance on any of the tornado warning sirens in the county.

It will be up to the trustees to provide coverage for sirens in the township.

“It’s the first I heard of it,” Short said.

The township is responsible for two sirens: one in Burlington, and another in Pettisville.

German Township and Clinton Township share the responsibility for the Pettisville siren.

Brodbeck said his memory was the county received a matching grant in the early 2000s to install the sirens. The cost of maintaining the sirens was turned over to entities where the sirens were located.

Brodbeck said he remembers each siren– installed– cost between $15,000 and $20,000, plus a $1,500-persiren maintenance fee.

Brodbeck said he would look into the value of the sirens and get a firm price, so Short can arrange for coverage.

Steve Lange, township zoning inspector, said several new homes are being built in the township, including one in the Old Mill Run subdivision in Pettisville.

In 2 1/2 years, Lange said five new homes have been built in the subdivision.

Lange said he is addressing the issue of junk cars in the township.

“I’ve got a list, and I’m knocking on doors. That’s the first step to getting junk cars cleaned up,” he said.

He said most owners seem willing to work with him on the issue.

Drew Ginn, Archbold village councilman, attended the meeting.

The next meeting is Monday, July 23, 7:30 am, at the township building.

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