Town hall held in support of Poland Twp. police levy
"One of the most basic functions of government is to have the ability to protect its citizens," says Drew Carchedi, a member of the citizens group The Committee to Preserve and Protect Poland Township Police.
But some folks in the township fear that most basic function could be in jeopardy.
Voters rejected a nearly one-mill levy in November - the first time the township's police expense levy failed since 1978.
After dropping the levy to .73 mills, officials are going back to voters next month.
"People want to know 'what am I spending?', 'what's my money going to, how is it going to be used?', 'what are the benefits?' and 'what might be taken away if we can't pass a levy like this?'" said Carchedi.
The committee held a town hall Wednesday aimed at getting in front of any confusion the ballot language might cause, while shedding light on the facts.
"We've got members on this committee right now that are doing a great job putting signs out, even handing out blue light bulbs to just remind the residents what they're supporting," Carchedi said.
Art Pluso and his wife are among them.
"I don't think people quite understood it last time," Pluso told 21 News.
The levy would cost the same as the one before it - $26 a year on a $100,000 house, $52 a year on a $200,000 house, and $78 a year on a $300,000 house.
The Plusos believe their efforts to educate their neighbors will pay off.
"We've been getting a lot of calls," Art said. "We need to get, try to get more out there, but a lot of positive feedback."
Another town hall is set for February 21 at Carlson's on East Water St. in Poland.