(Posted Feb. 29, 2012)
City and citizens will suffer without replacement levy
The City of London is asking our citizens to please voteyes on the City of London replacement levy. This levy is not an income tax increase but a replacement levy on property. This existing 2.1-mill levy has been on the books for 46 years, originating in 1966. It will generate approximately $348,000 annually over the next five years and will be used for the general operations of the city.
We are asking for the support of our citizens so that our local government can continue to provide the essential services that are currently provided. The money collected is distributed to the funds of various departments within the City of London. This replacement levy helps to fund the day-to-day operations of the police, fire, street and parks/recreation departments.
The State of Ohio has drastically cut local government funding, and our city looks to lose about $164,000 from funding this year. With this huge loss, this replacement levy is more important than ever.
If we are unsuccessful in passing this levy, our city and citizens will suffer severely. The city will have to run on a budget that will be slashed by over a half-million dollars. With this enormous cut, every city department will be put under a magnifying glass and cuts will be inevitable. The city needs to stay fully staffed and funded in order to serve you.
On March 6, we urge all of our citizens to get out and voteyes on the City of London replacement levy.
Ward 1 London City Council member
Are you getting what you pay for?
The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) declared the week of March 1-7 as National Weights and Measures week with the themeTaking Measure of Our Worth.
Most consumers take for granted that they are getting what they pay for. One of the responsibilities of your county auditors office is to make sure you are getting what you pay for. This week serves as a reminder that you are protected in the marketplace largely through the efforts of inspectors working behind the scenes.
Kurt Floren, NCWM chairman, stated,The investment in regulatory oversight varies among states but, on average, is about 70 cents per resident per year. Its time for taxpayers and legislators who represent them to realize that they, as consumers, stand to lose much more than a single trip to the store or gas station without it.
In this current environment of local government budget cuts, Floren also notes,We used to worry about our ability to keep up with new marketplace technologies, such as bar code scanners, wireless measuring devices, and interfaced computer systems. Now, many jurisdictions worry for resources to simply perform basic tasks of placing test weights on scales or checking the accuracy of gas pumps.
Your local weights and measures inspector works throughout Madison County inspecting all sorts of devices that weigh or measure items for sale to the general public. One of the most visible examples is at the gas pump. Other tested areas include grocery store scales, livestock scales and vehicle scales. When you see the county weights and measures seal on a measuring device, you can be assured it has been tested and you are getting what you paid for.
If you would like to report any suspected discrepancies to our weights and measures department, feel free to call my office at (740) 852-9717 or send e-mail to weights&meas...@co.madison.oh.us.
Jennifer S. Hunter, CPA
Madison County Auditor