Police Levy on May 8 Ballot for Mifflin Township

GAHANNA, Ohio – On May 8, voters will have the opportunity to decide to replace a 3-mill levy from 1984, plus an additional 3-mill levy for a total of six mills to fund the local Mifflin Township Police Department.

According to the Franklin County Auditor’s office, the levy will generate approximately $206,000 annually. This will cost homeowners with a property/home valued at $100,000 approximately $210 per year, $157 more than what they are currently paying. If your property is valued at less than $100,000, the cost will be lower. If you do not own your home, you will not pay anything. The property owner assumes the tax. 

A successful levy will help the Mifflin Township police department to support its current operations, including 'round-the-clock police protection provided by five full-time and four part-time officers. Funding will support such needs as maintaining and updating equipment such as vehicles, computers, body camera software, and continuing to offer officers competitive salaries.

“The funding generated by this levy will help to keep our police department up-to-date on training and equipment, but most importantly, keeps us right in the neighborhood, ensuring fast response times during times of crisis,” said Mifflin Township Police Chief William Price. “By having a police department located right behind the fire station, we can be there for our neighbors in a matter of minutes, when they are in need. It also keeps it personal. We know who lives alone and may be medically fragile, we know if someone has faced domestic abuse in the past or struggles with addiction. It helps us to make quick decisions and be prepared ahead of time when we get a call if we know our neighbors.”

Only voters in the unincorporated portion of the township served by the Mifflin Township police department - which has about 4,000 residents - will have a say on the levy. The township’s police department has an annual budget of approximately $800,000.

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See our recent news coverage in the Columbus Dispatch.

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Mifflin Township has a police department that serves the unincorporated portion of the township. The division has a police station and employs 5 full time police officers and 4 part-time officers. The department received more than 3,000 calls for service in 2017.