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Letter: Millersport needs more funds to maintain streets

To Millersport residents:

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. When you go to the voting booth you will have the opportunity to vote on a new street levy. We would like to explain how this levy would be used. It is a five year, five mill levy and would generate about $108,000 per year.   Our goal is to fix and upgrade our storm sewers, grind and repave roads and apply for grant money. As oil-based products like asphalt increase in price, our current levy doesn’t generate enough money to keep up with the demands that our current infrastructure needs. For example, one snow event depending on the depth of the snow could cost $200 to $1,000.

Another example is resurfacing Park and Summit streets. The cost is around $35,000 to $40,000 and higher if we need to grind the existing pavement. The machine that grinds the pavement costs an average of $10,000 per day. Streets like Canal and Chautauqua can cost $100,000 or more to grind and pave.

No one likes to pay higher taxes, but your taxes are the only way we can provide services like snow removal, salting streets, leaf pick up, paving, replacing storm sewers and maintenance on streets and parks.

So on November 6, 2018, as you are trying to decide whether to vote for or against the street levy, please remember your decision will affect you as much as your community.

If you have any questions, please call the village office 740-467-2333 and ask for Mayor Gary Matheny, Village Administrator Vince Popo or Street Superintendent Gilbert Arnold.

Thank you for your support in the past and hopefully for the future.

Respectfully submitted,

Gilbert Arnold, Street Commissioner

Gary Matheny, Mayor of Millersport

Vincent B. Popo, Village Administrator

 

 

 

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