West Chester residents push for township to become city

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email
West Chester, OH (FOX19) - From West Chester Township to the city of West Chester.
"This is the best opportunity that West Chester has to reduce its taxes," said Bill Zerkle of the committee for West Chester.
It's an issue that's been on the ballot three times before, the last time in 1993, but residents like Bill Zerkle say since that time, the population has grown to nearly 65,000, and he says the average size of Township is only 3,000.
"West Chester has obviously gone far beyond that and so our intent is to get enough signatures to put on the ballot so that the citizens can decide," Zerkle said.
They need about 4,000 signatures and have about half so far, Zerkle says it would reduce property taxes by nearly $21 million, and police and fire levies would be a thing of the past.
"We have 12 mils in police and fire levy funding that the taxpayers pay and that's what we would like to see eliminated," Zerkle said.
But there are some disadvantages too.
"If you both live and work and West Chester then you'd be paying an earnings tax," Zerkle said.
Officials from West Chester Township said "The township recognizes the autonomy of the grassroots committee to effectuate a change and encourages residents to be aware and familiar with the issues affecting their form of government."
The next meeting is December 10 at the Voice of America Learning Center, 7847 VOA Park Drive in West Chester from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
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