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Police department levy would generate 1.6 million a year
DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- The future of a local police department and your safety could soon be on the line.
Delhi township has been running it's department on a tight budget. Township officials say without passing a levy in a few weeks the department could be in trouble. If voters don't approve the levy, it will most likely be back on the ballot in November. But the longer this is pushed out the more it will cost.
Bottom line, if the township doesn't pass a levy, the police fund will run out on money by April 2016. In Delhi Township, the bright yellow signs show support for the police department. But it's a vote that's needed on May 6th to keep things running.
Rose Stertz of Citizens for a Better Delhi said, "Crime in Delhi has risen 25 percent since the last levy. Number of incidents where the police are called has increased 12 percent since the last levy and we are still maintaining this on 29 personnel."
The last time the police passed a levy was 2005. It was projected as a five year levy but the department made the money last for nine years. This new levy is also a five year plan and would cost taxpayers about 87 dollars a year per one hundred thousand dollars of home value. That comes about to roughly 24 cents a day.
If the township does not approve a new levy, the police fund would run out of money by April 2016.
90 percent of the budget pays for staff. Since the last levy, the department has lost three officers and crime has gone up.
Stertz said, "We are bordered by one of the highest crime areas in Cincinnati. We are trying to protect our township. What our crime is their crime, their crime is our crime. We are neighbors, we don't have border patrol. Anything can come into Delhi."
Not only for the department but taxpayers. If this levy doesn't pass, the next attempt would cost more than this request from police. If passed on May 6th, the levy would generate 1.16 million dollars annually for the department and keep things running at current levels.
The township says the police department operates on an annual budget of about four million dollars.
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