SAGAMORE HILLS — The Sagamore Hills Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously voted to approve a 1-mill tax levy for roads for the November ballot.
The proposed continuing levy is expected to bring in a little over $311,000, according to the board. It will cost homeowners $35 per $100,000 of their homes’ value.
The township’s current continuing road levy brings in about $700,000 per year.
"We have 37 miles of township road and $311,000 will go to 100 percent repair of the roads every year," said Trustee John Zaccardelli.
The road repairs will go toward "total reconstruction" of main, public township roads, but not privately-owned roads in areas like some of the condominiums in Greenwood.
Trustees said much of the necessary road work involves more than simple repaving.
"It’s not just repaving — we have to do soil stabilization so everything gets ripped out and they put a new subbase in," said Trustees Vice Chairman David DePasquale.
"You’ll see sometimes they’re doing the road down here (by the township offices). All they’re doing is grinding and then resurfacing. (On) the roads we’ve had to do the past few years, everything has to come out, stabilize the soil underneath and then start the whole subbase process and everything else."
To complete the road work, the township will work with Summit County.
"We just own the bids — it will get contracted out through the county," DePasquale said. "We prioritize it and the county oversees it."
Sagamore Hills Township has not had a new road levy for 19 years, which is why the older roads will need this extensive work, trustees said.
Trustee Chairman Paul Schweikert said the board had wanted to wait another year before bringing the levy onto the ballot, but trustees decided they might not be able to wait that long. Because of this, the board had discussed it in trustee meetings for a couple months, trustees said.
Schweikert said roads that need to be addressed include Canyonview Road, part of which is already being rebuilt, Kiltie Road, Greenwood Parkway, and parts of Houghton Road.
He said after the meeting that the township over the past five years has lost about $1.25 million in cuts in state local government funding and the elimination of the estate tax.
"You’re going to see it around the state of Ohio. When they cut off that revenue source, we’ve got to go local," Schweikert said.
"We’re good stewards, we’re good stewards of the money," Zaccardelli said. (The money is) wisely spent. It’s why we’ve gone 19 years and our roads are still there."
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