Citizens of the Village of Jeffersonville will vote on whether or not to renew a property tax levy at the primary election on March 15.
The 2.9-mill, 5-year renewal levy would continue a current levy in place that helps to generate revenue for the general fund for the village, according to Bob Kinzer, who was elected in November to fill the mayor position and will begin his term on Jan. 1. The levy has been in effect for years and helps to pay for the operating costs the village incurs. These include paying for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office services, mowing village property and more.
“The levy is important for the continuing operation of the village,” Kinzer said during an interview Tuesday. “The levy is currently impacting property owners. The levy will not increase the percentage the owners have to pay, just continues it so the village can rely on that money. We will be sending letters out to residents in the next few weeks to help pass information along about the levy.”
The fund has helped in the past with many different aspects. Between street lights and helping to fund the pool and park, thousands of dollars will be paid in labor and equipment to make sure some basic services can be completed. Kinzer said that the village even needed to get a couple new mowers last year, and it was thanks to the money in the general fund that the village is able to accomplish tasks such as plowing snow.
“We really encourage voters to make it to the polls in March and vote to continue this levy,” Kinzer said.
Kinzer also took a moment to comment on a few other items of business. “We recently voted Roger Spahr to fill a position on the council on December 10. I am looking forward to taking over as mayor and have been working with current mayor (David) Krupla to get prepared for the work I will be doing. After I move to that position though, the council will need to fill my old position. Between that and a few businesses coming and going in the village, the council will be busy.”
Kinzer also said that he plans on implementing office hours for his position so residents will have a time to come and voice concerns, bring up new ideas or just to meet him. The announcement for the hours will come in the next few weeks.
“I am excited to start, to be around and be visible for the community,” Kinzer said. “I hope to encourage the community to become involved in the issues impacting us here in Jeffersonville.”
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