PIKE TOWNSHIP — Pike Township is seeking to renew its 2-mill, 5-year levy for maintenance of roads, streets and bridges. The township needs more money for that purpose, but, said Trustee Dean Robinson, “with the economy the way it is, we figured we better just get the levy renewed.”
The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 property $70 per year.
Township Fiscal Officer Alaina Swank said, the levy generates about $26,500 annually. Robinson said that helps maintain more than 36 miles of township roads and streets. The township does not maintain bridges — those are the county’s responsibility — but the township is responsible for culverts under 36 inches in diameter.
“It used to be 30 inches, but they changed that a year or so ago,” Robinson said.
Robinson, who has been a trustee for 12 years but is not running for re-election, said he did not know how long the levy has been on the books. Swank said that as 2 mills the levy goes back to at least 1996. Before that there was a 0.5-mill levy on the books.