The only countywide levy is the issue on whether to renew a 0.1-mill levy to help fund Stark County's 911 system.
Stark County's only countywide issue on the Nov. 7 ballot is a small renewal issue where voters will decide whether to continue a long lasting levy that helps fund the county's 911 system.
If Issue 3 is approved, it would not increase taxes.
Property owners currently pay a 0.1-mill 911 levy. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home $2.66 a year and raises about $652,407 a year.
Tim Warstler, director of the Stark County Emergency Management Agency, said the levy, which dates to the 1980s, was last replaced in 1998. Since then, it's collected about the same amount of money, and collections on the current levy are set to expire at the end of 2018. Approval of the renewal, which was placed on the ballot by a vote of the county commissioners earlier this year, would extend collections another five years.
Warstler said the money covers the cost of maintaining the 911 phone system, administration, data storage, buying new equipment and software every five to seven years, at a cost of about $1.4 million, and the contract with the Stark County Sheriff's office where the office provides dispatchers to answer 911 calls. He said money from cellphone bill taxes collected by the state cover the rest of the expenses.
Warstler said the system's annual budget, not including capital costs, is about $815,000 a year.
"This provides the revenue to have a first-class 911 system in Stark County," he said.
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