Bethel approves street levy renewal for November ballot

Bethel council members changed their minds about including a park levy on the November 2011 ballot, and instead approved a resolution at their June 13 meeting declaring it necessary to renew the village street levy.

“We need to rethink the park levy,” said councilwoman Donna Gunn at the meeting. “It’s a nice levy to have, but I think the street levy is smarter to have on the ballot.”

The street levy would collect money to be used toward general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges in the municipal corporation.

Once Gunn found out the street levy was due to be renewed in the fall, she said she hesitated putting both the street levy and the park levy on the ballot.

Council members had discussed a park levy at previous meetings that would be used for the maintenance of Burke Park and the Grant Memorial Community Building, but agreed during the June 13 meeting that the street levy would be more important for the village.

Gun estimated the levy would bring in over $69,000 to be used for street repairs if it is renewed.

“Honestly, when you drive up and down the street you see pot holes,” said councilwoman Janice Ireton. “This is something that benefits every resident, not just a few.”

Council members waived the three reading rule and approved the 2 mill renewal street levy for the November 8, 2011 election.