MONROE — A variety of tax issues found favor with Monroe County voters Tuesday — from museum, library, and senior services countywide to transit and police and fire protection at the local level.
The Monroe County museum levy was approved with 8,094 yes votes to 5,028 no votes. The library system renewal was approved by a greater margin with 9,224 residents casting yes votes and 3,804 voters saying no to the request.
Similar to the county library tax, the senior millage also was overwhelmingly approved with 10,311 yes votes to 2,921 people against it.
Turnout in many precincts of the county was under 25 percent of registered voters.
The future of the Monroe County Historical Museum seemed to rest on voters blessing the proposed 0.1-mill 10-year tax, and voters did in much of the county. Bedford Township seemed to be the exception.
This month, the museum loses its county funding — $130,000 over the last year. Officials projected the tax would raise $569,000 annually and cost $10 a year for a home with a taxable value of $100,000.
Voters approved a 1-mill, eight-year renewal for the Monroe County Library System that raises a projected $5,695,082 annually. The tax was first approved in 2004 and has funded computer classes and programs for adults, children, and teenagers, plus early childhood literacy and a business resource center. The tax costs the owner of a home with a taxable value of $50,000 about $50 annually.
Also winning approval was a 0.5-mill, four-year renewal for county senior services. The millage was expected to generate $2,847,541 its first year and would pay for services to county residents age 60 and older. The tax would cost homeowners 50 cents per $1,000 taxable value.
Frenchtown Township voters approved a 0.75-mill, three-year renewal of a tax to fund bus services through Lake Erie Transit. The millage was estimated to raise about $902,900 in the first year.
It would cost $37.50 annually for the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000.
Voters in Frenchtown Township also approved an additional 1-mill tax to replace fire trucks and hire additional staff in the fire service. The tax would supplement a 2-mill levy that will last three more years. The estimated revenue in the first year would be $1,163,482. The tax would cost an extra $50 a year for the owner of a home with a $50,000 taxable value.
In Luna Pier, a small turnout of registered voters — 22 percent — overwhelmingly approved a 0.5-mill, four-year renewal of a tax that pays for flood and erosion protection, including repair of the city’s dike system. The tax costs
homeowners 50 cents for every $1,000 in taxable value.
Ida Township voters with scant opposition approved a 1-mill renewal for the volunteer fire department, which generates $160,000 annually. The tax costs homeowners $1 for every $1,000 in taxable value.
In Bedford Township, voters approved a 0.25-mill renewal levy through 2015 for Lake Erie Transit’s Dial-A-Ride Service — the only public transportation in the township. The millage would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $13 annually.
Also winning approval was a 1-mill, four-year replacement levy that would allow Bedford Township’s fire department to recapture funds lost to the rollback that reduces millage when the growth in property values exceeds inflation. The tax was expected to generate $960,000 its first year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $50 annually.
Bedford voters approved a 0.4-mill, seven-year renewal of a measure that pays for the four deputies under a contract with Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The millage was expected to generate $388,000 its first year. A taxpayer with a $100,000 home would pay $20 a year.
Summerfield Township voters agreed to a 1-mill, four-year renewal of a tax to build and improve roads. The millage was expected to bring in more than $120,236 in its first year and cost homeowners $1 per $1,000 of taxable value. Summerfield voters also approved a 2-mill, four-year renewal of a tax to support the fire department. The measure was expected to raise $240,484.92 in its first year and cost homeowners $2 per every $1,000 of taxable value.
Voters in the city of Monroe gave overwhelming approval to a 0.75-mill, three-year renewal toward regular bus routes and transportation for people with disabilities. The millage for services provided by Lake Erie Transit would raise $660,000 in the first year. The tax costs $37.50 annually for the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000.