Washington Township voters face 0.85-mill fire levy


By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@aimmediamidwest.com



In this fall’s election there are a number of local ballot issues in Clinton County pertaining to taxes — three are new, while the remainder would either renew or replace existing tax levies.

A report on the Village of Blanchester’s seven-year 1-percent income tax was published Thursday, and an article on Clinton-Massie’s five-year 5.8-mills additional tax levy is planned soon.

Washington Township residents will vote on a five-year 0.85-mill additional tax levy for providing and maintaining fire protection. Township residents receive fire protection from the Wilmington Fire Department, with which the township has a contract for that purpose.

The owner of a residential property in Washington Township that has a market value of $100,000 will pay an additional estimated amount of $29.75 per year if the additional millage passes. Likewise, the owner of a residential property in the township that has a market value of $60,000 will pay an additional estimated amount of $17.85 per year if the additional millage passes.

And as a final example, the owner of a residential property in Washington Township that has a market value of $40,000 will pay an additional estimated amount of $11.90 per year if the additional millage passes.

The above calculations are provided by the Clinton County Auditor’s Office, which reminds taxpayers that the annual amounts listed are only estimates because there are reduction factors that can affect the amount for a particular taxpayer, and also because the rates for a future tax year are not known.

The remaining tax questions on the local ballots are either renewals or replacements of an existing tax levy:

Midland has two tax levies appearing on the ballot: a five-year, 3-mills levy renewal for current expenses, and a five-year levy replacement which is for police protection.

Clark Township (including the Village of Martinsville) has a five-year 0.7-mill levy renewal for providing and maintaining fire protection.

Richland Township (including the Village of Sabina) has a five-year 1-mill levy renewal for maintaining and operating cemeteries.

Wayne Township has a five-year 1-mill levy renewal for maintaining and operating cemeteries.

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By Gary Huffenberger

ghuffenberger@aimmediamidwest.com