Kettering schools seeking to make property tax permanent

Kettering City Schools board members have taken the first steps toward placing a levy renewal on the fall ballot and making the property tax permanent.

Board members held a first reading of the ballot issue last week. They will hold a second reading of the proposal at their Jan. 22 meeting.

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The 6.9-mill levy was originally passed in March of 2004, renewed in 2009 and renewed again in 2014. Because it is a renewal, there will be no tax increase for residents if it passes, according to Kettering City Schools Superintendent Scott Inskeep.

“So it’s no new taxes for taxpayers,” Inskeep said.

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District Treasurer Dan Schall says the property tax currently costs a the owner of a $100,000 home about $193 per year. It generates about $8.1 million for Kettering schools.

The district has converted other property taxes to continuing levies since Inskeep has been at the helm. That can eliminate “levy fatigue” with voters, he said.

“One of the things our families have told us is that there is levy fatigue and they are tired of hearing about it,” Inskeep said. “So this is the last of two other levies that have been moved to permanent. Our goal, as we’ve done with all of these renewal levies, is to move it to permanent for the purpose of not having to come back again as another ask.”

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The levy currently collects about 6.2 mills, due to state law. When property values increases, the effective millage is reduced to keep the amount the tax generates the same, according to the Ohio School Boards Association.

The school board members also installed officers for 2019 recently. Jennifer Kane will be president and Julie Gilmore will be vice president in 2019, continuing to hold the office titles they had last year.

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