Ross Twp. has approximately 47 miles of roadway to maintain throughout the Township. Taxes derived from motor vehicle license plates and gasoline purchases are the two key sources of money used to perform that maintenance. Additionally, there have been several major subdivisions that have been built over the last 25 years that have added significantly to the number of streets we need to maintain. Since those streets were developed, the Township has utilized those two tax bases to maintain those newer streets and many other streets in an effort to keep them in good repair. This methodology is far cheaper than waiting until the road needs major repairs. With utilization of this method of financing repairs and maintenance, we have been able to save money over the years but now those streets are coming of the age where they need additional work. The Ross Township Road Maintenance Department has always tried to maintain Ross roads within its own budget. It has rarely used General Fund money even though the overall roadway network is generally in fair to good condition. The last Ross Township increase to the motor vehicle license tax granted through the Ohio legislature was in 1987…33 years ago! We continue to do as much work as we can to maintain our roads and get the longest life possible out of them. The tax is $5 per vehicle per year, which is less than one dinner for a family. The current pandemic is causing us to lose nearly 20% of our gasoline tax income, which equates to $63,000. The additional $5 license tax would help to off-set this loss by bringing in about $47,000. This is also a fair tax as it is imposed on the roadway users as opposed to a levied tax on property, sales or income.
The Ross Township Board of Trustees will be conducting their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross Township Government Center, 4055 Hamilton Cleves Road, Fairfield, Ohio. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the general public will not be allowed inside the Ross Township Government Center. As a result, the meeting will be live-streamed on the Ross Township Police Department’s Facebook page at that specific date and time. There will be no Public Participation portion of the meeting. To view the meeting, go to the Ross Township Police Department Facebook page. You do not need to be member of Facebook to view the meeting. Please click here to view the meeting.
Public Notice The Ross Township Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. A second public hearing will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The public hearings shall be held to consider the charging of an annual five-dollar ($5) license plate tax per motor vehicle on all motor vehicles the owners of which reside in the unincorporated areas of Ross Township. (Ohio Revised Code Section 4504.18). The second notice of publication can be found on the home page of the Ross Township website (www.rosstwp.org). The hearings will be live-streamed on the Ross Township Police Department’s Facebook page and tele-conferencing will be available for input from the public at that specific date and time. The phone number that Ross Township residents only can call in their questions and concerns will be published at the beginning of and through-out the public hearings. To view the public hearings, go to the Ross Township Police Department Facebook page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view the hearings. Please note: there are two Facebook accounts with that name. Choose the account that contains a police badge in the photo. Julie Joyce-Smith, Fiscal Officer April 27, 2020
The Ross Twp. Board of Trustees met on March 23, 2020 in emergency session under the provisions in O.R.C. Section 121.22(F) to discuss the impact on the government of Ross Township relating to the official "Stay at Home" order issued by the Director of the Ohio Department of Health. At that meeting the Board approved restricting the general public from all buildings except for the need for emergency Fire, EMS or Police services during the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The Ross Twp. Police Department will be offering welfare checks and prescription pick-up & delivery for elderly and/or infirm residents. Please contact the Police Department at 863-2337 ext. 1 for more information.
For up-dates on the COVID-19 virus, please refer to the following websites: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Butler County Emergency Management Agency Ohio Department of Health