Warren County voters to decide on tax levies May 8

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Warren County voters to decide on tax levies May 8

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Waynesville voters will decide on a street repair levy May 8, while Wayne Twp. voters will weigh in on a fire levy. Both are renewals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Northern Warren County voters will see only moderate impact from tax levies in the May 8 election, as all four ballot issues are no-increase renewals, and three of the four are 2 mills or less.

Wednesday was the deadline for school districts, cities, townships and other government agencies to file tax issues with the board of elections, to appear on the May 8 ballot.

Waynesville area

There are two renewal levies in the Waynesville area that would continue taxes at their existing rates.

** Voters in the village of Waynesville will decide whether to renew a 1-mill street repair levy for another five years. Mayor Dave Stubbs has said 1 mill and the $52,547 it raises is not enough to cover paving needs.

But voters rejected a larger renewal and increase street levy in November. That was part of a crowded ballot that also included a renewal police levy and a new school bond issue.

** All Wayne Twp. voters will consider a five-year, 1.8-mill renewal of the township’s fire levy. The levy currently raises $421,434 per year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home $30.62, according to the Warren County Auditor’s office.

School levies

** The Lebanon school district is asking voters to renew an existing 2-mill levy for permanent improvements at the same rate for another five years. The facilities levy raises $1.28 million per year and costs $42.64 for a $100,000 home.

** Carlisle schools are asking voters to renew a key operating levy on May 8, keeping the dollar amount the same. The levy raises $993,222 per year and currently costs $209.78 for the owner of a $100,000 home, according to the Warren County Auditor’s office.

Light year for school votes

Lebanon and Carlisle’s votes are the only school renewal levies in the primary four-county Dayton area on the May 8 ballot. And Yellow Springs is the only school district in the primary Dayton region seeking an increase in tax funding — in their case via a bond issue to renovate and expand school facilities. Further south, Little Miami also seeks a bond issue for buildings.

That makes it the lightest school ballot in recent years. In the past four May and November elections, the Dayton region has had at least seven school levies on the ballot each time, with at least four seeking an increase in taxpayer funding.

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