After a long discussion on placing a new levy before voters later this year, Poland Village Council approved the first step to making it happen. They unanimously approved submitting a 2-mill new levy to the county auditor for certification.
The move came after a lengthy discussion that began with opposition from village Councilman Joe Mosure.
"I said no one will ever drill on Poland Woods property," Mosure said. "Now they can drill around the forest within a mile and get the minerals. I'm against a [new] levy because why should we make residents pay when we could have been in good shape? I think we need to revisit a lease."
That stirred emotions with other village council members, but was ended when Mosure was asked to vote for submitting the new levy to the county. The premise was to give voters a chance to approve a levy as a way of dealing with future deficits in the village.
The new levy at 2 mills could be on the ballot this fall with a 2-mill renewal. Village fiscal officer Linda Srnec said both the renewal and the new levy will need to be passed to prevent further cuts in services.
"If the new levy doesn't pass, we will be looking at a reduction in services," she said. If the renewal doesn't pass it will be even worse."
The new levy is estimated to be around $5 more per month on a $100,000 home, or roughly $61.25 more per year. Srnec said, "If you want to know the exact amount, just look at your property taxes. The new levy would be the same as you are paying for the renewal levy."
The vote taken last week doesn't place the levy on the ballot. It simply approves sending it to the auditor for certification of what it will raise. When it comes back to the village, council will still have to hold three readings before it can be placed before voters.
In other business, police Chief Russ Beatty informed council of a matter dating back to February that involved an emergency replacement of a traffic light. He said a wide-load commercial vehicle had come through town and took out a traffic signal. It happened on Feb. 1 and Main Line Electric was called immediately to make a repair. The cost was roughly $600 and Beatty said he has been battling back and forth with the trucking company's insurance adjustor over the reimbursement.
"We may have to pay the $600 then go after them for reimbursement."