Lake police to stay on job, for now

uniontown-police-officerThe Lake Township Police Department will continue patrolling the community at least until April, according to an order issued Tuesday.

Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge John G. Haas continued an order he issued in January, making a ruling that overturns results of the Nov. 8 election, when voters narrowly approved a levy creating the police department.

A hearing to review the status of the appeal and the stay has been set for April 9.

Haas’ decision has been appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. Because the ruling deals with an election, the court will review the case. Lake Township trustees and a citizens group that supported the levy filed the appeal.

In November, voters approved a 4.5-mill levy to create a police agency to serve the township. Plans were to have the Uniontown Police Department become a townshipwide department.

Opponents filed a lawsuit because the ballot incorrectly stated the tax would cost 45 cents per $1,000 of valuation, instead of the correct $4.50 per $1,000.

Lake township residents sue over police levy

Ballot BoxLAKE TWP., Ohio (AP) – Residents of an Ohio township are suing to block a police levy narrowly passed by voters in November.

The Repository newspaper in Canton reports (http://bit.ly/v0JyEn ) that a lawsuit filed by residents of Lake Township in northeast Ohio claims incorrect ballot language misled voters.

The ballot told voters that the levy would cost residents $0.45 more in property tax for every $1,000 their home is worth. In reality, the levy would cost taxpayers an extra $4.50 for every $1,000 of value.

County officials ruled last week that the levy should move forward because the ballot language reflected the intention to raise taxes, even if it listed the wrong amount.

The levy would generate $2.59 million each year and cover the cost of expanding the Uniontown Police Department.

 

Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com