SPENCER — Mayor Dan DeRossett said voters’ rejection of 3.5-mill continuous levy to help maintain the village’s two parks will force officials to re-evaluate finances.
“We are going to have to re-evaluate everything in order to remain fiscally in good shape,” DeRossett said Wednesday.
The levy, which would have generated 34,000 annually, was voted down 74-32 on Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.
“We were hoping that the park levy would free up funds for some other things,” DeRossett said. “We have some streets in need of repair, (and) storm sewers.”
In addition to park maintenance, DeRossett said the village will have to take a look at the cost of Fourth of July festivities that usually are held at J.B. Firestone Park off state Route 301.
“It is unfortunate that the people turned down the park levy,” he said.
DeRossett said while he is disappointed the levy did not pass, he wasn’t surprised.
“I wasn’t too surprised because last year we asked for a general operating levy, which was turned down also,” he said. “I think the people, especially in the small villages, a lot of them feel that they are overtaxed, but in order to pay for the services, the money has to come from somewhere.”
If Tuesday’s levy had passed, it would have cost homeowners $122.50 annually, or
$10.21 per month, per $100,000 of valuation, according to Medina County Auditors Office data.
DeRossett said the community faces funding challenges because there is no industry, and local government funding from the state has been reduced.
DeRossett said Spencer has never passed an operating levy, which would help the village keep up with rising expenses.
In November, village residents voted down a five-year, 4-mill levy for general operating expenses that would have brought in an additional $38,900 a year.
“The biggest problem is paying for the services that we have, and where do we get those funds,” DeRossett said.