Citizens of the Village of Jeffersonville decided to renew a property tax levy at the primary election Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Fayette County Board of Elections.
The renewal levy garnered 144 votes in favor of the levy and 49 against. The 2.9-mill, five-year renewal levy will continue a current levy in place that helps to generate revenue for the general fund for the village, according to Jeffersonville Mayor Bob Kinzer. 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, which add up for extra protection, paying to mow about 30 acres of village property, and more.
“I want to thank the voters for coming out and helping this win by as much as it did,” Kinzer said during an interview Tuesday. “I would also like to say a big thank you to the council for all of the work they did handing out flyers and getting the word out. I did not think it would end up as positively as it did, but it was the work of the council and the willingness of the voters to turn out.”
The fund has helped in the past with many different aspects of the village. 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 was able to accomplish tasks such as plowing snow.
According to Kinzer, about 8,800 people came out to the Jeffersonville Community Pool last year. The pool is one of the many projects and services the renewal levy covers. Additionally, the money will go to help with street sweeping and maintenance, help cover maintenance on village equipment, pay employees to keep up on the maintenance and also cover any other unforeseen expenses that impact the community.
“Again I want to thank all of the people who helped to support this victory at the polls,” Kinzer said. “The money that the levy generates will go towards more projects that benefit the residents. Whether to continue upkeep on the pool or help to support the local park and baseball team that is busy between April and September, the money will most definitely come back to the community in many ways.”
“I hope to encourage the community to become involved in the issues impacting us here in Jeffersonville,” Kinzer said.
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