Attica OKs replacement levies

Two replacement levies in Attica were both decided by less than 10 votes.

The police tax levy failed by an unofficial vote count of 28-33. And the parks and recreation levy passed by a margin of seven votes: 33-26.

The police levy, which failed by five votes, was for 3 mills, and the approved parks and recreation levy was for .5 mills.

Attica Police Chief Keith Turner said if the levy failed, he would have to lay off all part-time employees at the department.

“It would pretty much devastate everything we’ve done to this point,” Turner said Tuesday before the polls closed.

The failed levy was to help finance the department to continue to handle phone calls in a timely manner, and keep a presence throughout the village, he said.

The parks levy is to help fund Attica’s parks and recreation department, which consists of two parks, said Attica Councilman Jeff Painter, who also heads the Parks and Trees Committee.

Painter said the parks and recreation department offers many services to the community, including a baseball field, a swimming pool, pavilions in both parks and more.