Kelleys Island voters face tax levy

KELLEYS ISLAND Kelleys Island voters can expect a 1.75-mill renewal levy on the November ballot to h
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

KELLEYS ISLAND

Kelleys Island voters can expect a 1.75-mill renewal levy on the November ballot to help the village pay for operating expenses.

Kelleys Island Mayor Robert Quinn said the three-year levy renewal will bring about $61,000 into the village's coffers -- but it won't cost residents any more.

"It will actually cost less taxdollars than it did before," Quinn said.

He said the village took into consideration tax dollars expected to be generated by new homes on the island, and it reset the millage rate to bring in only the $61,000 thevillage needs to maintain services.

Quinn's assistant, Claudia Brown, said the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home onKelleys Island $26.27.

When asked what would suffer if the levy failed, Quinn said, "Everything that comes out of the general operating fund."

Specifically, he said personnel and maintenance would likely take the biggest hits. Going without the levy money could mean wage freezes and benefit cutbacks forvillage workers.

"What we would have to do is go back to our budget and rework it with $61,000 less," Quinn said. "We'd just have to tighten the belt."