An organization promoting the passage of a Poland Township Police Levy next month will hold the first of two scheduled town hall meetings on Wednesday to answer voters’ questions.

The committee to Preserve and Protect Poland Police will host the first meeting at the Poland Township Government Center, 3339 Dobbins Road Poland, on February 7, 2024, at 6 pm. The second meeting will be held at Carlson's, 126 East Water Street on February 21, 2024, at 6 pm.

According to the group’s Facebook Page, the purpose of the meetings will be to hear from township trustees, the Fiscal Officer, Police Chief, and committee members who support township safety forces.

The township’s current expense levy first passed in 1978, expired last year after voters rejected a 0.98 mill levy this past November by a margin of 53% to 47%.

Since most Mahoning County property valuations increased this year, township officials reduced the .98 millage of the proposed levy to .73 mills to make it more palatable to voters.

Although the ballot wording will list the issue as bringing in “additional taxes”, supporters say with the reduced millage, the levy will collect the same amount of taxes as the previous levy.

Supporters claim that the new levy will cost owners of properties worth $100,000 $26 per year; $52 for properties valued at $200,000, and $78 on properties valued at $300,000.

The levy goes before voters during the March 19, 2024, election.