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Fun Ways to Get Involved!
Cemetery Restoration, Preservation & Beautification Group.● This group will aid in the beautification, restoration and preservation of our three cemeteries.
Claridon History Group● This group will research and provide Claridon history, help create a hard copy history space in one of our buildings and provide content on our website.
Do you love Claridon?! Interested in getting involved or learning more?! Did you just say, “Maybe”’? :)
Trustee Jonathan Tiber is standing by to receive your call at 216-276-8342
Proposed Road Levy
For this reason, we've worked diligently to reduce expenditures and hold off on proposing a road levy as long as possible. We are proud of the fact that of the 16 Townships in Geauga County, Claridon easily ranks last in tax levy revenue when it comes to Township maintenance. It is a testament to the current board, previous boards and you, the resident. We have stayed within our means however, the time has come where we can no longer afford to maintain our roads based on 1992 costs. That was the last and only time a road levy was passed. The levy collects approximately $85,000 annually and was based on the cost of doing business in 1992. It is easy to recognize how dramatically the costs of goods and labor have increased in the last 30 years.
We have worked for more than 3 years to cut expenses and devise better efficiency through the initiatives below:
● Switching internet and phone carriers● Eliminating unnecessary phone lines● Changing disposable waste carriers● Eliminating the IT position (trustees now handle that themselves● All cemetery gravestone restoration in is done in house through our maintenance department● Seeking grant money ● Creating maintenance efficiency strategies and standards● Transferring maintenance, material and labor of our baseball/softball fields to the leagues that utilize them● And much more
The Claridon Board of Trustees, after being advised, determined our current tax revenue is insufficient to provide an adequate amount for the necessary requirements of our Township roads and find it necessary to propose a new levy for the purpose of maintaining our aging roads.
The proposed levy is a 5-year, 1.76 mill levy which will collect, presuming a 95% collection rate, $132,911 annually. It will cost approximately $61 per $100,000 property value. The Township was counseled to make this levy continuous; however, your current board of Trustees do not generally believe in 'forever' taxes. Initiating a 5-year levy allows residents to hold the board accountable for how they spend this revenue. If the board is spending the revenue wisely and diligently, you, the resident, may approve it again in 5 years. If the board is spending the revenue unwisely, you, the resident, hold the power to say 'no' in 5 years. This creates transparency and gives residents the opportunity to give the Trustees a chance to see how they spend these much needed funds.
HOW DID WE DETERMINE THE LEVY AMOUNT?Claridon voters passed a 5-year, 2.3 mill Fire Levy in 2018. This was necessary to cover costs of our township fire/EMS contracts which increased by about 5% per year. On the same ballot, voters renewed an existing 2012 Fire Levy and made it continuous in order to forever preserve a 12% State Credit for homeowners which means the State of Ohio pays 12% of your share of the 2012 Fire Levy.
The Trustees, not knowing if voters would renew the 2012 levy, made sure the new 2018 Fire levy amount covered the cost of the 2012 Fire Levy. The Trustees said if the voters pass both the new 2018 Fire Levy AND renew the 2012 Fire Levy (in order to preserve the 12% state credit), they would reduce the collection of the 2018 Fire Levy and only collect what was necessary. The Trustees followed through on that promise and reduced collection of the 2018 Fire Levy from 2.3 mill to .54 mill. lowering the levy by 1.76 mill. That's why the current proposed Road & Bridge Levy is 1.76 mill.
The Township will still be under the standard collection rate of revenue per mile of roads (Claridon has 14.25 miles of roads), however, we have determined we can still reasonably maintain our roads nonetheless. This proposal will be on the ballot this upcoming November.
If you have any questions or would like further explanation, please don't hesitate to call Trustee Jonathan Tiber. His number is on the Township website.
All Current Township Levies
1992 - 2.4 mill continuous Road Levy: $89,333 2005 - 2.0 mill continuous levy: $147,241 2012 - 1.75 mill continuous Fire Levy: $145,6512018 - 2.3 mill 5-year Fire levy reduced to .54 mill: $ 45,055
Total sum collected for Fire/EMS levies: $337,947Total sum collected for road levies: $89,333Total sum collected for all Township levies: $427,280
Our Fire/EMS Contracts
The proposed contract costs from the fire departments are also listed below. Chardon Fire is very transparent when presenting their numbers. Chief Gasper and his staff always provide the 'why' via graphs, charts and projections. Year one is a decrease, years two and three represent a near 5% increase.
Burton Fire has not officially submitted, in writing, their proposed contract costs however, based on verbal conversations, we anticipate they will ask for a 62% increase therefore, 62% is reflected under the Burton Fire column. Please contact Trustee Cooper Sherman or Jonathan Tiber if you have any questions, concerns, insights or thoughts regarding these proposed costs as contracts have not yet been signed at the time of this post. The below rates are if 100% collection is achieved:
Year Chardon Fire Burton Fire TotalCurrent contract: 2019: $262,168 $113,599 $375,767Current contract: 2020 $273,352 $121,273 $394,625Current contract: 2021 $284,198 $127,337 $411,535
Proposed: 2022 $280,703 $206,286 $486,989Proposed: 2023 $294,637 $206,286 $500,923Proposed: 2024 $309,239 $206,286 $515,525
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