The Bethel Township(Miami) trustees are asking township residents to renew the 3.8-mill levy operating levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The levy is for five-years and first was proposed by the township to work toward providing infrastructure and services to help ward off annexation, particularly of the township’s southern area.
Andy Ehrhart, Bethel Township administrator, discussed the levy at the township candidate night.
“There is a less of a chance (of annexation to Huber Heights) if we have basic services to provide those looking to develop,” he said.
He explained during a presentation that the township also has a police levy and two fire levies.
The 3.8-mill levy generates more than $450,000 a year, according to the Miami County Auditor’s Office. The cost of the levy to the owner of a home with a $100,000 value is $95.27 a year, information from the auditor’s office showed.
Ehrhart said around $3.1 million in infrastructure improvements have been achieved thanks to the levy. Among those mentioned were a sewer line to Bethel school, a water line to Phoneton, the Brandt sewer line and the new restroom building at Friendship Park in Brandt.
The township trustees over the years have worked to keep staff efficient with the combination of the township administrator position and the fire chief position, said Ehrhart, who handles both roles.
The assistant to the administrator handles zoning issues along with applying for grants and other duties as needed. There also is a part time receptionist one full-time road employee, he said.