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South Point seeks renewal of levy

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- The village of South Point is seeking renewal of a three mill replacement levy for current expenses that help fund the South Point Police Department, street lights, village parks and the community center, said Scott Thomas, the village fiscal officer.

"It's not a new tax," said Pat Leighty, village administrator. The levy is crucial for the South Point general fund, he said.

"It's been in place for years," Thomas said.

The property tax is for a five-year period, Thomas said. The levy is for current expenses and includes a number of areas including the bulk of the funding for the police department, he said.

The current expenses levy brings in about $157,190, he said. The new levy, based on increased property values, would bring in $171,700, Thomas said.

Thomas said information on the levy is on the village website, www.villageofsouthpoint.com.

The replacement levy proposal was filed with the Lawrence County Board of Elections and is scheduled to be placed before South Point voters this November.

Other candidates to file for office in the general election this fall include:

Larry Fraley and Forrest Kerns filed as non-partisan candidates for Hamilton Township trustees, Brent Dickess filed as candidate for Lawrence Township trustee, Mike Curry filed for Union Township trustee and Jerry E. Kelly filed for an unexpired term for Washington Township trustee.

Rita Vance filed as a non-partisan candidate for South Point school board, Mary Cogan filed as a non-partisan candidate for South Point village council and Tim Dickess filed for Hanging Rock village council.

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