PIQUA — Voters in the city of Piqua and Washington Township will be considering a renewal with an increase levy for a total of 0.7 mills for the Forest Hill Union Cemetery to pay for its operations and maintenance.
The Piqua City Commission and Washington Township Trustees held joint meetings to consider the levy in June before approving sending it to the Miami County Board of Elections to be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot.
This levy is a renewal of 0.5 mills with an increase of 0.2 mills. The levy shall not exceed 0.70 mills for each $1 of valuation, which amounts to $0.07 for each $100 of valuation, according to the resolution.
This levy has been in existence since at least the 1990s, and this is the first time that they have sought an increase, according to the Miami County Auditor’s Office. The levy would generate approximately $233,140, according to the auditor’s office.
Forest Hill Cemetery is seeking to renew the levy that raises funds for the cemetery and increase the amount for improvements.
The improvements include opening a new section of the cemetery for burial sites as well as constructing a storage building.
During a joint meeting between the city commission and the trustees on June 19, Forest Hill Cemetery Superintendent Jim Roth said, “Our goal is to open up a new section here in the next year or two, along with a new building that we can put all of our equipment in. Currently, we operate out of seven garages across the street from the cemetery, which means all of our equipment goes back and forth on State Route 66.”
The levy would also be for five years, commencing in 2019 and first due in 2020.
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