Liberty Township Police Levy Facts

Liberty Township contracts with the Butler County Sheriff's Office for its services. The ORC mandates that Liberty Township, as a home rule township, must either have its own police department or contract out for police services. The current contract commenced on 1/1/20 and expires 12/31/24.

In December 2023, Liberty Township Trustees passed legislation to include a Police Levy Renewal plus 0.3 mills increase on the March 19, 2024 ballot to support the police contract.

The increase (0.3 mills) will cost residents $10.50 per $100k home.

The contract supports 29 Butler County Sheriff's Office positions assigned specifically to Liberty Township. These positions operate out of the substation located at the Liberty Township Administration Building. The breakdown in dedicated personnel to Liberty Township is as follows: 1 Lieutenant, 4 Sergeants, 1 Corporal, 3 Detectives and 20 Deputies. 

Liberty Township's contract with the Butler County Sheriff's Office is funded through a levy which is placed in the Police Fund. In addition, the Township's General Fund has contributed 6% to the Police Fund. Starting in 2024, the General Fund contribution increased to 10%. With its contract, Liberty Township does not pay extra for use of additional Sheriff Department resources although they are available to the community as needed.

Based on the new 2024 tax rates, the cost of the existing police levy is $49.80 for a $100k home. A renewal will keep this amount the same. The 0.3 mills increase will cost an additional $10.50 per $100k home. This will bring the total cost of the police levy to $60.30 per $100k home.***

***The 2023 tax rate was used when calculating the initial police levy amount, therefore the March 19th ballot language is incorrect. The ballot language indicates $89 will be the total cost per $100k home when the actual cost will be $60.30 per $100k home. 

Current police levy revenue is $3M. It would generate about $3.55M if the renewal with an increase is passed.

Liberty Township's current population is 44,000+. In 2023, the BCSO received 37,638 calls for service. As the community's population has grown, the calls for police services have increased. The 4-year total for calls for service is 122,730 calls from 
2020 - 2023.