Donna Smith
Ohio.com correspondent


JACKSON TWP: The Jackson Township Board of Trustees met Tuesday night to review and approve department budgets for 2013. 



The parks department requested $774,000.00 for yearly and general expenses, however trustees and park employees are still working on this budget. They are expecting big changes for the parks department due to the failure of Issue 29, also known as the Parks and Roads Levy.



Trustees elaborated on the status of the parks department and the inability to pass Issue 29. 



"We will put a stand alone park levy on the next ballot," said trustee John Pizzino. 



The trustees agreed that residents just don't understand the cost of running and maintaining the parks department.  The general fund provides money for the parks and by 2013, it will be short of $800,000.00. 

Other areas coordinated by the parks department will also be affected by this failed levy. The Fulton Yard Waste Center will shorten hours, but will continue to stay open on Saturdays. 



Trustee John Pizzino said that it has cost the township $52,000 so far this year to keep the yard waste center up and running.



Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez addressed park employees at the meeting saying, "Thanks for all the hard work on the levy.  I want to personally thank you for getting the information out there.  You did all you could do and shouldn't feel bad that it didn't pass."



The trustees will continue to watch the budgets and have agreed to put a new levy on the next ballot. 



"We will likely do a five year levy," said Walters.



The following departments also proposed their budgets to the trustees on Tuesday, which were approved:



The police department requested  $7,368,813.00 for payroll, services, operations, school-resource officer, education services, radar equipment, and vehicle purchases.



The fiscal office requested $5 million is needed for salaries, health benefits, and general expenses.



The administration department requested $610,000.00 for yearly expenses.



The legal department requested - $142,237.00 for general expenses.



The zoning department requested $209,033.00 for general expenses.



The central maintenance division requested $610,934.00 for yearly expenses.