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The Washington Township Board of Trustees met in a Special Meeting on February 18, 2003, at <br />6:00 p.m. at the Washington Township Government Center, 8200 McEwen Road. President <br />Young led the Pledge of Allegiance. <br />MINUTES OF PRECEEDING MEETINGS <br />There were no minutes presented at this time. The approval of the minutes will be carried over to <br />the next meeting. <br />CLERK'S BUSINESS <br />Recreation Levies <br />The purpose of the special meeting is to consider authorizing a 1.5 mill levy for the Recreation <br />Center to improve what is commonly known as the Centerville Cinemas, to make an addition to <br />the Recreation Center of approximately 6,000 square feet, and to continue operations of the <br />Recreation Center for the next five years. The current .7 mill levy expires at the end of this year. <br />To put a levy on the ballot for the May 6th election, it is necessary for the Trustees to pass a <br />Home Rule Resolution and send it to the Board of Elections by Thursday, February 20th. A copy <br />of the Certificate of Estimated Property Tax Revenue was submitted to the Trustees as is required <br />by law. This form indicates what a 1.5 mill levy will generate per year. Mr. Surdyk, Washington <br />Township's law director, has recommended that the Trustees adopt a Home Rule Resolution. <br />Mr. Blair expressed his concern that he had received two calls from elderly taxpayers who stated <br />that they had just gotten their tax bills and were on fixed incomes. They have watched their taxes <br />increase 20 percent or more over the years and wondered whether it is a prudent thing to increase <br />taxes at this time. Mr. Blair responded to them that the best way to handle this situation was to <br />let the voters decide. These calls led Mr. Blair to question that maybe two levies would be better <br />than one. Mrs. Young indicated that it was the recommendation of the Recreation Advisory <br />Board to have one levy for both the improvements and operations. Mr. Snyder indicated that he, <br />too, preferred to have just the one levy. After further discussion, the Trustees agreed that one <br />levy was preferred over two. Mrs. Young then expressed her concern that any delay in the <br />renovation of the Centerville Cinemas would result in a higher cost for construction. It seems <br />prudent, from that perspective, to go ahead as soon as possible with the improvement and <br />renovation of the Centerville Cinemas into a usable building that will benefit all Washington <br />Township residents. <br />HOME RULE RESOLUTION: <br />Summary of Resolution to Replace in its Entirety .7 Mills of an Existing Levy and to <br />Increase the Rate at Which it is Levied by .8 Mills for Proposed Rate of 1.5 Mills for Each <br />Dollar of Valuation Which Replacement Levy Shall be for Recreational Purposes and <br />Declaring an Emergency <br />President Young asked for a motion to read the Resolution by title only. <br />It was moved by Mr. Blair, seconded by Mr. Snyder, to read the resolution by title only. <br />2/18/03 <br />