Chardon Township Voters Asked to Support Two Levies
October 17, 2021 by Cassandra Shofar

Voters will decide Nov. 2 if they’re willing to support Chardon Township’s five-year road plan by passing an additional five-year, 2.75-mill road and bridge levy.

Voters will decide Nov. 2 if they’re willing to support Chardon Township’s five-year road plan by passing an additional five-year, 2.75-mill road and bridge levy.

If passed, it would cost homeowners $96.25 per year per $100,000 property valuation and yield $503,241 annually, according to the Geauga County Auditor’s Office.

“The existing township road levy has been at its current millage for 18 years,” said Chardon Township Trustee Tim McKenna in a statement. “Since 2003, the cost of road construction has increased over 85%, according to the National Highway Construction Cost Index. Current road levy proceeds only allow for road projects every five to six years. The proposed levy would be for five years and will allow (the) township to complete road projects sooner as opposed to later and more expensively.”

The levy would allow the township to implement its five-year road plan, which includes completing one or two “substantial” road projects per year and performing preventative maintenance to roads rather than spending time and money on repairs to roads that need to be repaved, McKenna added.

“One hundred percent of all revenue from the proposed levy will go toward our roads,” he said.

The township is also asking for a slight increase in property taxes to support its fire and EMS services with a three-year, 1.25-mill replacement levy.

The current levy costs homeowners $31.68 per year per $100,000 property valuation and yields $166,624 annually.

The replacement levy would cost homeowners $43.75 per year per $100,000 property valuation and yield $228,746 annually, according to the auditor’s office.