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WINTER 2011 <br />DECEMBER - MARCH <br />VOLUME 21, NO.4 , <br />DELIVERED QUARTERLY <br />TO ALL RESIDENTS OF <br />CENTERVILLE AND <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO <br />GOVERNMENT CENTER <br />\ (937) 433-0152 <br />RECREATION CENTER <br />(937) 433-0130 <br />Township Supports City with Cost of Road Improvements <br />ashington Township has <br />VVprovided the City of <br />Centerville with $62,000 <br />for the widening and reconstruction of <br />Sheehan Road from State Route 48 <br />westward to Bonnie Anne Place. <br />"Our contribution reflects an ongoing <br />commitment to provide city residents <br />with excellent value for the property taxes <br />Township for fire and medical emergency <br />services and recreation programming, <br />plus an additional .7 mill not subject <br />to voter approval. <br />How the .7 Mill is Used ©� V <br />"The township is proud of _r 11 <br />its long-term commitment to v <br />participate with Centerville on <br />they pay. This is one cooperative projects that <br />of various ways benefit the entire <br />the township "Trustees believe it is essential to communis" <br />supports andsaid Township <br />improves <br />provide service and valve to our Administrator <br />community residents in the city and township." Jesse Lightle. <br />services for all —Joyce Young Each year, <br />residents, city and Washington Township <br />township," said Joyce Young, includes $150,000 for such projects <br />president of the Washington Township in its Financial Plan, based on the .7 mill <br />Board of Trustees. The board unanimous- of tax revenue received from city residents. <br />ly approved the donation on October 4. <br />City and township residents each pay 5.2 <br />mills of voted property tax to Washington <br />Woodland <br />ights and color abound at the <br />18`I' annual Woodland Lights, a <br />month-long festival of holiday <br />lights, displays and activities located in <br />Countryside Park. <br />Extra holiday sparkle has been added this <br />year with 10,000 new LED lights replac- <br />ing older incandescent bulbs. "Because <br />LEDs have lower amperage we can add <br />more to the trees and create greater spark <br />and color," said Woodland Lights <br />Coordinator Linda Madden. <br />"Lights will be placed in groupings of red, <br />gold, green and blue. You'll feel as if you're <br />walking through a kaleidoscope of color," <br />Revenue from the .7 mill subsidizes adminis- <br />trative functions such as payroll, accounting <br />and human resources, said Lightle. Fire and <br />Magic to Countryside Park <br />Madden said. Over the next five years, all <br />lights will be replaced — which means the <br />color and light will increase each year. <br />Woodland Lights offers a half -mile wooded <br />path winding through a park and around <br />a woodland pond where visitors can enjoy <br />whimsical characters and illuminated critters <br />preparing for the holidays. Along the trail, <br />a real-life Santa Claus visits with children <br />inside an historic log cabin decorated with <br />greenery and a collection of stuffed bears. <br />Different nights at Woodland Lights offer <br />different moods. Monday and Tuesday <br />Nostalgia Nights include lights, Santa visits, <br />recreation departments account <br />for about 51 percent of township <br />personnel and payroll costs. <br />Trustees also use the .7 mill to <br />subsidize projects that especially <br />benefit residents in the city, <br />Lightle said. Past examples include <br />continued on page 2 <br />