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SPRING 2011 <br />MARCH - MAY <br />VOLUME 22, NO. 1 <br />DELIVERED QUARTERLY <br />TO ALL RESIDENTS OF <br />CENTERV ILLE AND <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />`Male of the�Cownshiporl <br />By Joyce C. Young, President <br />Washington Township Board of Trustees <br />Presented January 3, 2011 14150p, <br />decade into the 21st century, <br />Washington Township has <br />maintained its "stability of <br />finances," in the words of Trustee Dale <br />Berry. We also continue to work toward a <br />"bright, sustainable future," as described <br />by Trustee Scott Paulson. <br />In these days of financial uncertainty, the <br />Township, simply put, has "accomplished <br />a lot" in 2010, according to our Fiscal <br />Officer Tom Zobrist. <br />You can point to our fiscal stewardship; <br />our ability to plan and execute; and our <br />attention to quality of service and response <br />to residents. I believe these may be the top <br />reasons why Washington Township has <br />moved ahead in challenging times. <br />Fiscal Stewardship <br />From the beginning of the year, when all <br />three trustees were sworn in to new terms, <br />trustees have considered revenues and <br />expenditures when making a decision. <br />Conservative planning was paramount when <br />they authorized two replacement levies for <br />the May primary ballot: a 2 -mill levy with a <br />five-year term and a 1.95 -mill continuous <br />levy Both received overwhelming approval <br />by voters, thus ensuring continuation of <br />the Township's contract with the Mont- <br />gomery County Sheriff's Office, including <br />dispatch, space for a substation, and the <br />cruisers and equipment for 31'/2 deputies <br />and personnel. <br />Proof of our ability to manage taxpayer <br />money was achieved again with the highest <br />rating on our 2009 audit from the State <br />Auditor. Elected officials devoted signifi- <br />cant time to determine the 2011 budget <br />and the five-year capital improvement plan. <br />Quality of Service <br />Our attention to quality was demonstrated <br />when Trustees examined the dramatic <br />increase in fire and medical runs from <br />4,933 in 2004 to 5,903 in 2009. They <br />responded to the rising demand by adding <br />a new 24-hour coverage engine/medic crew <br />in June at Station 41 on Maple Avenue. <br />Response time was further improved by <br />re -aligning fire districts and adding a full- <br />time firefighter and additional part-time <br />staff. Three of the township's five stations <br />are now staffed 24 -hours per day and seven <br />days per week. <br />continued on page 2 <br />�- <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />\` <br />MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO <br />GOVERNMENT CENTER <br />\\ <br />(937) 433-0152 <br />RECREATION CENTER <br />(937) 433-0130 <br />New Contract <br />Maintains Quality <br />Police Services <br />VVashington Township <br />police services �'"•ti .. <br />will remain in force at ; <br />their present level for four more years, <br />according to the terms of a police services <br />contract that was renewed in December with <br />the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. <br />"Our police services are remaining steady <br />and affordable at a time when many cities <br />and townships need to trim," said Town- <br />ship Administrator Jesse Lightle. The new <br />contract maintains services without reducing <br />quality or coverage. <br />Sustaining service levels is possible because <br />township residents have supported levies, <br />Lightle said. Last year, voters approved the <br />replacement of an expiring police services <br />levy and agreed to update a second police <br />levy that was based on 1982 property values. <br />The two levies are expected to generate <br />about $4.36 million annually, starting this <br />year. Together, they fund nearly 100 percent <br />of police services in unincorporated <br />Washington Township. <br />continued on page 6 <br />d�r <br />