The Gilead Township Cemetery Levy will appear on the ballot for township voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Township trustees is asking for support in passing the issue, which is expected to generated $52,952 in revenue.
The levy is .5 mill, which translates to .50 cents per $1000 of property value.
Currently, funding for the 11 cemeteries comes from the following sources:
- Yearly inside millage totaling approximately- $47,530
- Burials totaling approximately- $17,825
- Sale of cemetery plots- $16,757
Current expenses are as follows:
- Small cemetery mowing contracts- $4,500
- Rivercliff and Bryn Zion mowing contracts- $38,600
- Insurance for all cemeteries- $2,544
- Annual estimated additional maintenance expenses- $10,879
The trustees have noted several projects that need levy passage to be completed:
- Dead tree removal
- Road repairs
- Grave resetting and refurbishing
The Gilead Township Trustees urge the public to help pass the levy to continue to operate the cemeteries properly.