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Transit-levy renewal bid will be on August ballot

TEMPERANCE -- Bedford Township voters will be going to the polls in August to decide on a renewal of Lake Erie Transit's 0.25-mill levy.

The township board put the renewal on the ballot at its meeting last week. The actual number to be voted on will be 0.2464 mills because of Michigan's Headlee rollback. If renewed, the tax would generate about $239,000 annually and extend for three years.

Mark Jagodzinski, the transit agency's general manager, said that ridership is up for the township's Dial-A-Ride service -- from 17,000 in fiscal year 2010 to a projected 20,000 for the current year.

"People use it for doctors and shopping, adults and kids," he said. He said the LET is giving no raises and will save $100,000 on health insurance as employees pay more.

In other business, Trustee Larry O'Dell said the township's new cemetery is open and has had two burials. Bedford Memorial Gardens is at the southeast corner of Lewis Avenue and Samaria Road, north of Lewis Ansted Community Park, which is under development.

The board approved the appointments of Ken Kilman to the construction code board of appeals and Roger Webb to the fire commission.

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