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Liberty Trustee says levy failure caused by a misunderstanding

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A Liberty Township Trustee feels a narrowly defeated 911 levy may have been the result of a misunderstanding among voters.

Trustee Stan Nudell said the proposed .45 mill levy that was defeated by about 50 votes was intended to replace a levy the township planned to discontinue at the first of the year.

The discontinued levy would save tax payers about $286,000 annually, while the newly proposed levy would have cost tax payers about $95,000 annually. Nudell says the money would have been used to help fund the county 911 system.

"So there is a need," Nudell said. "If we can get some money in to take care of our county 911 system it might free up some of our police money that we could do other things with."

To supplement the levy's failure, trustees say a total of $85,000 will be cut from the police and fire department budgets. They do not plan to cut any personnel.

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