Liberty Township voters are likely to see a police levy sometime next year.
In presenting the township’s proposed 2014 budget today, township administrator Kristen Bitonte told trustees collections from the police levy would end at the end of 2014.
Staff members will begin looking at equipment and law enforcement staffing needs for the next few years, before making a recommendation on what to put on the ballot.
Bitonte said options include a new levy, a replacement levy, or renewal of the 3-mill levy.
“I’d rather look at it now to give us the option of do we go in May or in November,’’ said Trustee Christine Matacic.
“With (the levy) expiring and being at the point we are with economic development, I don’t want to see us jeopardize the safety of our residents.
The levy is estimated to bring $2.4 million to township coffers in 2014 – the final year of collections.
It pays for equipment, the township’s contract with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to provide police service, and the township’s share of the cost of a school resource officer at Lakota East High School.
The police fund is projected to begin 2014 with a $2.6 million carryover from 2013. Spending is estimated at $2.4 million and the ending balance at the end of 2014 is estimated at $2.6 million, Bitonte said.
Voters first approved a 3-mill police levy in 2004. That levy was replaced in 2009, with a 3-mil, 5-year levy.
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