I have bumped this up because of a comment that Grafton Township Trustee Rob LaPorta made. It is now included in the article.
An email that took less time to post than attending Monday night’s Grafton Township re-do of the tax levy it passed last week. Tonight’s meeting lasted about 25 minutes, about twice as long as the first one.
Thank you for attending the Grafton Township Special Board Meeting tonight.
- When I calculated the levy before the first Special Meeting on the 20th, I multiplied 4.999%, per the wishes of the trustees, by last year’s levy, rather than by the extension.
- Apparently, Assessor Ottley realized the error shortly after the special meeting on the 20th and called in Trustees Murphy and Zirk, who then relayed his concerns to me. Unfortunately, neither Assessor Ottley or the Trustees noticed the error during the 20 days posting time frame prior to the special meeting on the 20th.
- Fortunately, tonight, at another special meeting (27th), we were able to correct the error.
- I stand firm in my conviction, that the economy is so poor at this time, that Grafton Township residents should not pay any increase at all to their government. That is why I voted against increasing the levy at both special meetings called by the Trustees on the 20th and 27th of December. Unfortunately, I was the only board member who voted against increasing residents’ taxes and the motion passed.
Grafton Township Supervisor
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After this was posted, Trustee Rob LaPorta wrote the following comment:
Please note the tax increase that Mrs. Moore is referring to is 11 cents ($.11) per $100,000.00 home value.
So, if you own a home valued at $400,000.00, your tax will increase 44 cents ($.44).
The Trustees agreed with the Assessor’s recommendation towards this increase; of which the Assessor also explained to the Board that if Grafton Township did not confirm this very small increase to taxpayers, that the Grafton Township will be at risk of losing over $54,000.00 of tax revenues.
Each Trustee is highly confident of the taxing-conservative and fiscal-responsible decision that was completed.
The Audit of Grafton Township’s Financial Records will begin soon, and will include analysis of the accuracy of all Township Financial Records that were taken from Grafton Township offices to Mrs. Moore’s home.
Moore then replied,
Can you explain how we will lose $54,000 in tax revenue in more detail?
Thank you for your help on this.
Another person suggested Moore was not reading LaPorta’s comment correctly, after which Moore posted this:
Thank you for the correction.
Please explain how we would be “at-risk” for losing $54,000 in tax revenue.
Thank you for your help.