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Debt could mean the end of Summitville

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SUMMITVILLE, Ohio -

There's not a whole lot in Summitville.

The only business is the offices of Summitville Tile and, well, there is the post office. That's it.

With a total of only 135 people living in the limits, there isn't enough tax base to keep the village out of debt.

That's why Mayor Robert Marra said dissolving the village may be their only option.

Marra said the problems started with bad bookkeeping a few years ago and with decreases in state funding, the debt got worse and worse.

"There's no way we'll be able to raise revenue and survive in a small village like this anymore," said Marra.

Summitville's total yearly budget is just $36,000.

"I don't have anything to provide these people other than to turn the streetlights on. We can't fix anything, we have no viable way to plow the snow. This is going to get complicated," said Marra.

The issue would have have to go on the ballot to be voted on and the earliest that could happen is in May.

If voters said yes, Summitville would be dissolved into Franklin Township.

Township trustees said they don't have the money to take on anything extra, let alone, Summitville's debt.

"I've been a trustee for 6 years. For the last couple of years, it's been a topic, not a steady conversation but a conversation. I know they don't have the money. We just don't have the businesses, so that adds to not having any money," said Michael Lutz, Franklin Township Trustee.

Franklin Township trustees will meet next Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposal.

 

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