By Art Hunter
Voters in the village of Bethel will see a 1 mill replacement police communications levy on the May 6 primary election ballot.
If passed, the levy would replace a 1 mill continuing levy passed by voters in 1984 to pay for 911 emergency call services provided by the county.
According to village fiscal officer Bill Gilpin, the current levy has lost 63 percent of its value in the 30 years since it was passed, and no longer covers the 911 services bill.
“Right now, the levy collects $12,877 a year, and the bill is over $31,000,” Gilpin said. “The county has certified the new levy to collect $31,233, which won’t even cover the current bill, but will come a heck of a lot closer than the $12,877 does.”
According to Gilpin, the new levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35 per year. But the current levy is already collecting a little more than $11 on a $100,000 home, so the increase would only be $24 per year.
Gilpin said that if the new levy is approved by the voters, village council would cancel the existing levy.
“Our intention is to collect only what we need,” Gilpin said.
If passed, the levy would take effect with the tax bills going out in January of 2015.