UTICA — Residents in the village of Utica will have two separate issues before them when they go to the voting booths March 6. On the ballot are two additional levies for current expenses, one for street lighting and the other for operations. Both levies are for three years, commencing in 2012 and due in 2013.
A 2.5-mill levy is being sought for street lighting, and a 5.5-mill levy is for operations. Fiscal officer Anna Flaherty said that the two issues were divided up into separate levies because “Hopefully we can at least get the street lighting approved so that we may not have to have the lights turned off.”
The operations levy will cost property owners 55 cents per every $100 of valuation in property. “This is so we can keep services and personnel,” said Flaherty, who added that village employees have not had a pay raise in the past five years. “We haven’t been able to meet budget on the police and street departments without taking money from the general fund,” she said. “We haven’t been able to pave, we haven’t been able to give employees raises. And people have retired and left, and we haven’t been able to replace them.”
The street lighting levy would cost taxpayers 25 cents per every $100 of property valuation.
The village currently has no levies they are collecting. The most recent levies expired at the end of 2011.