Lockington to consider tax levy

By Patricia Ann Speelman - [email protected]

LOCKINGTON — Lockington residents will vote on a renewal tax, the income from which, if the measure passes, will continue to support fire protection in the community.

The levy is at a rate not to exceed 2.6 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to 26 cents for each $100 of valuation. The levy would be collected for five years, beginning in 2017.

This levy was first voted in five years ago. This is the first time it will appear on the ballot as a renewal.

“This levy was originally placed on the ballot due to a cut in local government funds to the village,” said Mayor Tracy Johnson. “The village did not have the funds available to provide for the cost of fire protection. While working with Lockington Volunteer Fire Department, for a way to be able to cover costs, Chief Jon Adams suggested placing the levy on the ballot.

“I feel the levy has worked out well for the fire department, the village government and the residents, as it has helped in providing the means for the fire department to purchase much needed equipment, including a new apparatus, which they will be acquiring this summer.

“Renewing the levy is very important as it is providing better and safer protection for the residents and the volunteer fire fighters,” she said.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.