Property tax levies on ballot


5 of 10 are for fire/EMS

By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@civitasmedia.com



Of 10 real estate tax levies around Clinton County on the fall ballot, five are for fire and EMS services, three for current expenses, one for road improvements and one for cemetery upkeep.

All but one of the proposed levies is a renewal — passage of the nine renewal levies would not raise a homeowner’s tax bill.

The one exception is a proposed 3.5-mills replacement levy within New Vienna for current operating expenses. Whereas renewal levies do not involve an increase in property owners’ tax payments, a replacement levy does.

In tax year 2014, the owner of a $100,000 residential property in New Vienna paid $40.96 on the existing levy. The same homeowner would pay an annual estimated $122.50 if the replacement levy passes, an annual increase of $81.54.

Passage of the New Vienna five-year replacement levy is projected to annually generate $33,752 for the village, according to the Clinton County Auditor’s Office.

The decision to ask voters to approve a replacement levy rather than a renewal levy was made in order to seek the full 3.5 rate in mills rather than the tax year 2014 effective rate of 1.3 mills, according to New Vienna Village Council President Judy Havens.

The levy in question, she said, is a general operating levy which “can be used for just about anything in the village.”

“I am a property owner and a taxpayer. I don’t take tax increases lightly, but this is one I do wholly support because it helps in operating the village,” said Havens.

In the village of Clarksville, there are two proposed renewal levies for current operating expenses.

If passed, a proposed 2-mills renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property in the village an annual estimated $30.36, which would not be an increase. The 2-mills renewal levy is projected to annually generate for the Village of Clarksville $6,020, according to the county auditor’s office.

If passed, a proposed 1.9-mills renewal levy in Clarksville would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property an annual estimated $15.44. That same levy is projected to annually generate $3,692 for Clarksville. Both of the Clarksville current expenses levies are for five-year terms.

The Washington Township electorate will vote on a proposed 1.6-mills renewal levy, with revenue to go toward providing fire protection and life squad services. It has a five-year term.

If passed, the renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property in the township an annual estimated $38.84. It is projected to generate $59,526 annually for the township to apply toward fire and emergency medical services for residents.

Jefferson Township voters, including those in Midland, will make a decision on a proposed 5.25-mills renewal levy, with revenue to go for fire and EMS services. It has a five-year term.

If passed, the renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property in the township or in Midland an annual estimated $122.01, which would not be an increase. It is projected to generate $109,085 annually for the township and village to apply toward fire and emergency medical services for their residents.

Residents in the territory served by the Port William-Liberty Township Joint Fire and EMS District will vote on a proposed 2.5-mills renewal levy, with revenue to go for fire protection and life squad services. It has a five-year term.

If passed, the renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property within the Port William-Liberty Township Joint Fire and EMS District an annual estimated $29.30. It is projected to generate $115,525 annually to apply toward fire and emergency medical services for residents.

Residents in the territory served by the SRWW Joint Fire District #2 and EMS will vote on a proposed 2.5-mills renewal levy, with revenue to go for fire protection and life squad services. It has a five-year duration.

If passed, the renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property within the SRWW Joint Fire District #2 and EMS an annual estimated $29.81. It is projected to generate $126,578 annually to apply toward fire and emergency medical services for district residents.

Union Township voters will make a decision on a proposed 6-mills renewal levy, with revenue to go for fire protection and life squad services. It has a five-year duration.

If passed, the renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property in Union Township an annual estimated $154.93, which would not be an increase. It is projected to generate $547,125 annually to apply toward fire and emergency medical services for residents in the township.

Washington Township voters will decide upon a proposed 1.5-mills renewal levy, with revenue to go for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges in the township. It has a five-year term.

If passed, the renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property in Washington Township an annual estimated $23.20. It is projected to generate $36,340 annually for improvement of roads.

The electorate in Vernon Township, including those who are in the village of Clarksville, can vote on a proposed 0.5-mill renewal levy, with revenue to go for maintaining and operating cemeteries. It has a five-year term.

If passed, the renewal levy would cost an owner of a $100,000 residential property in Vernon Township or in Clarksville an annual estimated $7.75. It is projected to generate $13,793 annually.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.

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5 of 10 are for fire/EMS

By Gary Huffenberger

ghuffenberger@civitasmedia.com