Tipp City voters support income tax proposal

TROY - Unofficial totals Tuesday from the Miami County Board of Elections showed voters in Tipp City approving a proposal to reallocate a portion of the existing income tax and Bethel Twp. voters passing a replacement levy for operations.

The unofficial totals showed  63.12 percent in favor of the reallocation and 36.88 percent against.

Approval of the request would allow the city to move approximately $1 million a year from the capital improvement fund to the general fund to help pay for police, fire/EMS, parks and general city administration.

“That’s good news,” said Tipp City City Manager Tim Eggleston on hearing the unofficial vote. The change would be effective Jan. 1.

In nearby Bethel Twp., unofficial numbers showed 53.12 percent supporting a replacement 3.80 mill levy first approved in 2003. The levy would generate $619,262 annually.

Bethel Twp. Trustee Beth van Haaren said trustees and township staff were thrilled with the replacement levy approval.

“This levy provides over 65 percent of the township’s budget. The funds will continue to be spent in areas that are consistent with the original 2003 levy - conservation and agricultural easements, infrastructure improvements and matching funds for grants as well as other things. The trustees are very appreciative that township voters realize the importance of this levy.”

The village of Fletcher asked voters to approve a 1.15 mill replacement with increase levy for fire protection. The unofficial results showed 51.33 percent supporting the replacement levy and 48.67  percent opposing it. The unofficial vote was 77 for and 73 against.

In Brown Twp. in northeast Miami County,  the Brown Twp. trustees sought an additional 1.5-mills for five years for current expenses. The unofficial results had 42.55 percent of voters in favor and 57.45 percent against.

Residents of Miami County’s unincorporated areas - except Newberry Twp. which already has aggregation - approved proposed gas and electric aggregation programs by more than 62 percent for each utility. The county commissioners voted in the summer to place the proposals before voters.

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