Greene County tax issues: here’s what to know

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Voters across Greene County will be asked to approve several new and renewed tax issues this November, including the levy for the proposed $53 million Greene County Jail and several for fire, police and EMS services.

The Greene County Jail ballot issue calls for a 16-year 0.25% sales tax on purchases made in Greene County that, if passed, would fund the construction of a new combined 384-bed jail and sheriff’s office.

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Greene County’s current sales tax is 6.75%, among the lower rates in the state. The county estimates that 40% of the amount would be paid via purchases by non-Greene County residents.

The county cannot raise the sales tax for the jail without taking it to the voters. If the levy fails, the county has the option of borrowing the money to construct the facility and slashing the county budget, but this is not an ideal option, officials said.

The county is also seeking a 5-year, 0.25 mill renewal for bridge repairs, to be first collected in 2022.

In smaller communities, the village of Jamestown is seeking approval of a new, five-year, 2.3-mill levy to address its streets, which have fallen into disrepair in recent years. Jamestown property owners would pay an additional $80.50 per $100,000 of property value if the levy passes..

Silvercreek Twp., which includes Jamestown, has a permanent 2-mill levy for fire and EMS services on the November ballot. The levy would cost $70 annually per $100,000 in property value and would generate $176,000 per year, according to the Greene County Auditor’s office.

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Spring Valley Twp. is seeking to replace an existing 1-mill fire and EMS levy with a permanent 3 mills that, if passed, would generate $290,000 per year, raising property taxes on a $100,000 home from $6 to $105 annually.

Jefferson Twp. is also asking voters to approve a new, five-year, 3-mill road repair levy that would generate $117,000 per year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $105 per year.

Renewals by the numbers:

Several Greene County jurisdictions are asking voters to approve renewal levies that would keep tax rates the same, but extend those taxes for another five years.

Bellbrook is seeking renewal of 1.3 mills for general expenses, with a resident’s cost remaining at $31.65 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Cedarville Twp. is seeking renewal of 1 mill for fire and EMS, with cost remaining at $27.08 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Cedarville village is seeking renewal of 2.6 mills for general expenses, with cost remaining at $14.41 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Fairborn is seeking renewal of 4.4 mills for fire and EMS, with cost remaining at $113.60 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Fairborn is seeking renewal of 4.4 mills for police, with cost remaining at $113.60 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Jamestown is seeking renewal of 2.3 mills for police, with cost remaining at $87.04 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Jefferson Twp. is seeking renewal of 2 mills for fire and EMS, with cost remaining at $21.28 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Ross Twp. is seeking renewal of 1.5 mills for fire and EMS, with cost remaining at $14.81 annually per $100,000 of property value.

Spring Valley Twp. is seeking renewal of two levies for general expenses, a 1-mill levy at $31.52 per $100,000 and a 0.3-mill levy at $1.80 per $100,000.

Spring Valley village is seeking renewal of 2.3 mills for general expenses, with cost remaining at $60.60 annually per $100,000 of property value.

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