Tax tool gives Greene voters glimpse at levy impact

A new online tool on the Greene County Auditor’s Office will tell property owners what their tax bills will look like as several new and renewal taxes are coming up for a vote in May.

The Property Tax Estimator is available under “Quick Links” on the auditor’s homepage and will be available through the May 7 election.

Homeowners will be able to enter their name or parcel number and see current taxes, as well as what taxes could be if a proposed levy in their neighborhood is passed, according to Greene County Auditor David Graham.

“They would see what the current cost of the levy is, if it exists … and then what the estimated cost is if the levy passes,” Graham said. “It’ll also show the purpose of the levy, who has the levy on, the number of years the levy runs and the tax year it becomes effective.”

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Graham said the tool will likely be available for about 30 days following election day, then it will be brought back in time for the November election.

Voters in several Greene County communities will see either new tax proposals or renewals on the May 7 ballot.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools is seeking a 7.5-mill replacement levy that would generate about $4.12 million a year, according to the auditor’s office.

The school board opted to go for the levy to maintain the district’s current operations and avoid a $3 million deficit in the near future, according to Doug Cozad, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools superintendent.

The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek community has seen a recent boom in housing developments, with hundreds of new homes being built or planned along Upper Bellbrook, Little Sugarcreek and Swigart roads. Another proposed development on Wilmington-Dayton Road has not yet been approved by township trustees.

“We are getting full at our schools. We are not at capacity yet. That’s something obviously we’re keeping a close eye on,” Cozad said. “These funds are all for current operating expenses just to continue the great things we’re already doing.”

Voters in Beavercreek will see two school levies, and tax issues to support parks and recreation and road maintenance.

The two school levies are a new 6.15-mill operating levy and a renewal on a permanent improvement levy. The parks and recreation levy is a 0.9-mill renewal with a 0.3-mill increase and streets levy is a 2-mill renewal, according to the auditor’s office.

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According to the auditor’s tax estimator, if all the Beavercreek levies are approved the overall increase in property taxes for a home valued at approximately $174,000 would be a little more than $393.

Other tax issues that will appear on the May 7 ballot include a 3.5-mill renewal for Xenia voters to support city operating expenses, a new 1.8-mill police levy in Jamestown, and a 6.9-mill renewal for Kettering school voters.


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