The Brunswick Hills Township police levy appeared to be heading to defeat with 95.73 percent of votes tabulated by the Medina County Board of Elections. The unofficial voting was tight: 1,374 against the levy and 1,307 in favor.
Brunswick Hills trustees put the five-year, 2.5 mill levy on the ballot after a larger continuous 3.25-mill levy failed on the November ballot last year. The 2.5-mill levy would raise $624,900 each year and cost an owner of a $100,000 house $87.50 annually, according to figures from the Medina County Auditor’s Office.
Brunswick Hills Police Chief Tim Sopkovich has said the levy is necessary to maintain operations in a township whose population has almost doubled in the past 15 years from 5,469 residents in 2000 to 10,054 residents in 2014.
According to the Brunswick Hills Police Department, failure of the levy would mean reductions in police department personnel, delayed response times, reduction in drug and drunken-driving enforcement, the discontinuation of the department’s community policing programs and reduced mutual aid for surrounding departments.
Sopkovich previously recommended hiring a part-time officer to reduce overtime expenses. He also suggested bringing in more revenue through writing more citations, installing a speed camera or charging for repeated false house or business alarms.
The police department is funded by revenue from two continuing levies — a 2.25-mill levy that passed in 2002 and a 3-mill levy that passed in 2008. Together they provide $1.22 million each year.