Voters approve cemetery levy

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — Approximately 57 percent of voters in the city of Piqua and Washington Township approved 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 levy was approved by a vote of approximately 3,151 votes for the levy to approximately 2,376 votes against the levy, according to unofficial election results.

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 was the first time that the cemetery sought an increase, according to the Miami County Auditor’s Office. The levy will generate approximately $233,140, according to the auditor’s office.

Forest Hill Cemetery was seeking to renew the levy that raises funds for the cemetery and increase the amount for improvements. The improvements are expected to include opening a new section of the cemetery for burial sites as well as constructing a storage building.

The levy would also be for five years, commencing in 2019 and first due in 2020.

By Sam Wildow

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