Greene vot­ers can see how levy af­fects tax bill

Home­own­ers will be able to see what taxes could be if levy passes.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Wil­son Staff Writer

The Greene County Au­di­tor’s Prop­erty Tax Es­ti­ma­tor can show prop­erty own­ers what their tax bills will look like if a levy passes.

A new on­line tool on the Greene County Au­di­tor’s Of­fice will tell prop­erty own­ers what their tax bills will look like as sev­eral new and re­newal taxes are com­ing up for a vote in May.

The Prop­erty Tax Es­ti­ma­tor is avail­able un­der “Quick Links” on the au­di­tor’s home­page and will be avail­able through the May 7 elec­tion. Home­own­ers will be able to en­ter their name or par­cel num­ber and see cur­rent taxes, as well as what taxes could be if a pro­posed levy in their neigh­bor­hood is passed, ac­cord­ing to Greene County Au­di­tor David Graham.

“They would see what the cur­rent cost of the levy is, if it ex­ists ... and then what the es­ti­mated cost is if the levy passes,” Graham said. “It’ll also show the pur­pose of the levy, who has the levy on, the num­ber of years the levy runs and the tax year it be­comes ef­fec­tive.”

Graham said the tool will likely be avail­able for about 30 days fol­low­ing elec­tion day, then it will be brought back in time for the Novem­ber elec­tion.

Vot­ers in sev­eral Greene County com­mu­ni­ties will see ei­ther new tax pro­pos­als or re­newals on the May 7 bal­lot.

Bell­brook-Su­gar­creek schools are seek­ing a 7.5-mill re­place­ment levy that would gen­er­ate about $4.12 mil­lion a year, ac­cord­ing to the au­di­tor’s of­fice.

The school board opted to go for the levy to main­tain the dis­trict’s cur­rent op­er­a­tions and avoid a

$3 mil­lion deficit in the near fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to Doug Cozad, Bell­brook-Su­gar­creek schools su­per­in­ten­dent.

The Bell­brook-Su­gar­creek com­mu­nity has seen a re­cent boom in hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, with hun­dreds of new homes be­ing built or planned along Up­per Bell­brook, Lit­tle Su­gar­creek and Swigart roads. An­other pro­posed de­vel­op­ment on Wilm­ing­ton-Day­ton Road has not yet been ap­proved by town­ship trustees.

“We are getting full at our schools. We are not at ca­pac­ity yet. That’s some­thing ob­vi­ously we’re keep­ing a close eye on,” Cozad said. “These funds are all for cur­rent op­er­at­ing ex­penses just to con­tinue the great things we’re al­ready do­ing.”

Vot­ers in Beaver­creek will see two school levies, and tax is­sues to sup­port parks and recre­ation and road main­te­nance.

The two school levies are a new 6.15-mill op­er­at­ing levy and a re­newal on a per­ma­nent im­prove­ment levy. The parks and recre­ation levy is a 0.9-mill re­newal with a 0.3mill in­crease and streets levy is a 2-mill re­newal, ac­cord­ing to the au­di­tor’s of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­di­tor’s tax es­ti­ma­tor, if all the Beaver­creek levies are ap­proved the over­all in­crease in prop­erty taxes for a home val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $174,000 would be a lit­tle more than $393.

Other tax is­sues that will ap­pear on the May 7 bal­lot in­clude a 3.5-mill re­newal for Xe­nia vot­ers to sup­port city op­er­at­ing ex­penses, a new 1.8-mill po­lice levy in Jamestown, and a 6.9-mill re­newal for Ket­ter­ing school vot­ers. Con­tact this re­porter at 937225-6985 or email Richard. Wil­[email protected]­inc.com.

Ahead of a pro­jected $3 mil­lion deficit within the next few years, Bell­brookSu­gar­creek Lo­cal Schools will be turn­ing to vot­ers to ask for a re­place­ment levy to help the dis­trict main­tain its cur­rent op­er­a­tions.

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