The purpose of this letter is to provide a better understanding of the Limited Home Rule decision for Butler Township residents. This issue will be presented on the ballot on November 3.
What is LIMITED HOME RULE? All townships in Ohio are regulated by statutes of the OHIO REVISED CODE. The Limited Home Rule simply broadens some of the power these laws already provide. LIMITED HOME RULE WILL COST THE VOTERS / TAXPAYERS NOTHING!! (Townships may only raise additional funds by placing a levy on the ballot citing a specific purpose for these moneys. An example might be a police or fire levy.)
The most important advantage that this new law will provide may best be described as “promotion of quality of life for the residents.” Resolutions passed must reference public health, safety, & welfare. What does that mean?
Let’s examine the situation surrounding the P&G Distribution Center located in northern Butler Township. Between the number of trucks causing traffic issues, the speed at which these large vehicles travel, and the routes the drivers choose, many residents are not pleased. The LIMITED HOME RULE can and will help this situation: weight limits can and will be posted throughout the township, signage will indicate truck routes, and most importantly our officers will have the authority to enforce these new rulings by collecting fines and penalties for infractions.
Most importantly the LIMITED HOME RULE will provide broader powers to deal with outside political subdivisions. At present the ORC limits the course for discussion due to its restricting laws governing township boards of trustees. Government entities need to come to the table to discuss major economic changes to a region in order to avoid the present situation. LIMITED HOME RULE can be the tool for initiating such conversations.
With the building of more retail and restaurant establishments along Miller Lane in southern Butler Township, residents have also noticed an up-tick in the number of transients, solicitors, and pan-handlers. Our law enforcers at this time are limited to a “move along” policy with these offenders. Under LHR these individuals can be detained and/or arrested. At some point curfew restrictions for minors may be necessary as well as speed limitations for all traffic on township roads.
Investors feel more confident in the guarantee of a community under LIMITED HOME RULE. Rating agencies will evaluate us more positively because our debt obligation may be consolidated under one General Obligation Debt (instead of separate bond issues) which lowers the township’s incurred interest rate.
Overall, LIMITED HOME RULE is a positive move for our township government. I encourage township residents to vote FOR the LIMITED HOME RULE for Butler Township on November 3.
Margo Thomas Steinbaugh
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