AVON - The city will have two issues on the ballot May 8, both renewal levies, to provide operational money for the Streets and Parks and Recreation departments. If passed, voters would see no increase in taxes, according to Avon Finance Director William Logan.
According to Logan, the effective millage for these levies has gone down in recent years as the city's population has grown and the millage is spread among more households. For both issues, the revenue the city takes in won't change, Logan said.
"(Issue 6) will continue to raise what it's raising now, because as a renewal, the total revenue we're taking in won't change," Logan said. "Our annual collections are around $1.4 million. So as new homes come in, that $1.4 million is spread out over a larger base, so people effectively end up paying less on a per-home basis."
To cover operational costs, maintenance and employee wages, the city is asking for a five-year renewal on its 1.9-mill street maintenance levy.
What it is: a 1.9-mill renewal levy for Street Department
Duration: Five years
How much it will raise: $1.4 million per year
Purpose: operational money for Street Department
Cost to homeowner: $53.42 per year for a $100,000 home
"This levy first came on in 1988, it's been renewed each year for the most part," Logan said. "It was replaced in 1993 and in 2000 was replaced back to 1.9 mills. And really, like (all) the levies that the city has put up for a long, long time, they usually pass in the 60 to 70 percent (range) or even better."
The levy provides half of the Street Department's budget, with the other half coming from the county via licensing and gas tax money from the state. Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said the city has been doing a lot of roadwork in recent years and a renewal would allow the city to continue its efforts.
"I hope (residents) can see how frugal we've been with their money, so we're not wasting it with the Streets Department, we're not just putting people on to work," Jensen said. "We're doing a lot of roadwork and the roads are not getting better ... (The levy's) the only way we operate within the Streets Department - without that we couldn't maintain anything."
Also to cover operational costs, Issue 7 would raise $335,000 to help fund the Parks and Recreation Department's programming and staffing.
What it is: a 0.45-mill renewal levy for Parks and Recreation Department
Duration: Five years
How much it will raise: approximately $335,000 per year
Purpose: operational money for Parks and Recreation Department|
Cost to homeowner: $12.65 per year for a $100,000 home
"It helps fund our park operations and I think that (it's) one, people are maybe even slightly more interested in, with all the parks and things going on with the city, the playgrounds," Logan said.
The renewal would pay for a small portion of the parks' budget, with the majority coming from a quarter-percent income tax passed in 2007, which is paid by everyone working in the city.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department has added more programming and expanded Every Child's Playground, 36265 Detroit Road. Again, Jensen said he hopes residents see how frugal the city has been with their tax dollars and that they continue to support the department's budget.
"We're always looking to add more programming, if the residents show a positive vote toward this, I think that they're going to tell us we're doing the right thing, we're going in the right direction," Jensen said. "If they were to fail it, I think we would have to really look at what activities we would continue to do in the parks."