WARWICK TWP. (WJER) - State cuts, increasing paving costs and miles of bad roads have led one Tuscarawas County township to the ballot this spring.
Warwick Township is asking its residents to approve a five-year, three-mill levy on the May 7th ballot to fund road work. Township Trustee Chairman Phil Robson says anyone driving through the township between New Phila And Gnadenhutten has seen the need for road repairs.
“It’s anywhere from $70,000 to $75,000 to pave one mile of road, and we’ve got 23 miles of road,” he says. “If you’ve ever been over any of our Warwick Township roads, you’ll understand what we’re trying to say.”
Robson says the cost of paving has gone up 35 to 40 percent in recent years, and the township has run out of other options to fund the work.
The state in the last three or four or five years cut back money to the counties, and the counties cut back money to the township, and the townships don’t have no place else to go,” he says.
Robson says the levy would generate $100,000 per year and $500,000 total, solely for resurfacing and maintaining roads.