Beavercreek voters to decide on 3 tax proposals this November

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On the Nov. 7 ballot, Beavercreek residents will decide on three issues — Whether to pay for maintaining and improving the township's parks through a new tax; A proposed school tax to replace an existing levy; and renewing millage to maintain streets.

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Issue 14 is a .05-mill levy that would cost about $1.75 for every $100,000 of property value.

The tax would provide funding to support the township's parks -- Community Park, on Factory Road just north of U.S. 35; and Victory Park, 2260 Dayton Xenia Road, which features Owen's Place, a universal access playground.

The annual budget to maintain the parks, currently at $21,000, will jump to $37,000 next year because of cuts in funding to pay for landscaping, mowing and other functions, according to information provided by the Beavercreek Twp. Park District.

Issue 4 is a request to renew the city's 1-mill street operating levy, which is set to expire at the end of the year.

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The street levy generates approximately $1.3 million a year, or about 22.5 percent of the street department's annual budget, and cost property owners approximately $31 per $100,000 of value each year. It's one of two street levies that fund city services such as snow and ice removal; street and ditch maintenance; mowing, landscaping and tree trimming, according to the city.

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If approved, the levy would become continuous, which means it would stay in effect without voter approval every five years, according to the city.

Issue 17 is a 6-mill substitute emergency levy for Beavercreek City Schools that would replace an existing levy that currently generates about $10.4 million a year. The levy currently costs property owners approximately $210 a year for every $100,000 of value.

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If approved, the substitute levy would replace a levy that requires voters to renew it every five years. Revenue from the proposed tax would increase as more property owners move into the district, as opposed to the current tax, which collects a set amount and gradually reduces current property owners' tax bills as new homes are built and occupied.

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