Voters will be asked to approve local levies in special election Tuesday
Jessica Noll, WCPO Digital
2:32 PM, May 6, 2013
2:43 PM, Aug 6, 2013
Residents across the region will be asked Tuesday to vote on local issues including increases in levies for schools, emergency services and improvements to roads and parks.
Without a boost in local taxes, school and government officials say they will have to make cuts to school programming, cut emergency services and forego upkeep. Opponents counter that local leaders need to tighten their belts and make tough decisions, especially in tough economic times when many homeowners are living on already tight budgets.
There are no elections in Kentucky. Locally, not all counties have elections and in the municipalities with issues on the ballot, most will face single issues.
But voters in Delhi Township will face three: for Oak Hills Schools, the Delhi Paramedic and Fire Service, and Delhi Parks and Recreation. If all three pass, the owner of a $100,000 house will pay $220.72 in taxes, according to the Hamilton County Auditor.
The Oak Hills Schools levy is the first in 16 years for voters. The 4.82-mill bond issue would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $145.34 annually for five years.
To the east, voters in the Forest Hills School and the Milford Exempted School Districts will also be asked to pass levies to finance repairs to aging buildings, improve technology and maintain staffing levels.
Voters in the Forest Hills School District, which spans parts of Clermont and Hamilton counties, are being asked to approve a 1.86-mill bond issue. If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $56.08 a year in property taxes for 35 years.
“We’re fortunate to live in a community that understands the value of education. I’m optimistic that our parents and members of the community will see the value in this issue and come out in support on May 7,” said Superintendent Dr. Dallas Jackson.
Voters in the Milford Exempted Village School District, which is in both Hamilton and Clermont counties, are being asked to pass a $4.5-mill operating levy. If approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an extra $137 per year in property taxes.
If the levy fails, Superintendent Robert Farrell said cuts will be made to shore up the $2.7 million shortfall. Those include eliminating eight teaching jobs and 12 other jobs, cut busing to all high school students and restrict other routes, increase athletic and band fees and eliminate all field trips.
Ballot issues by county:
• Deer Park Silverton Joint Fire District: 1.5-mill increase to maintain fire equipment. Cost to owner of a $100,000 home: $45.23 annually as a continuing levy.
• Delhi Township Fire-EMT Department: 1.75-mill increase to maintain three fire houses and equipment. Cost to the owner of a $100,000 home: $52.77 annually as a continuing levy.
• Delhi Township Parks and Recreation: .75-mill increase to maintain services. Cost to owner of a $100,000 home: $22.61 annually as a continuing levy.
• Forest Hills School District: 1.86-mill increase in a 35-year bond issue. Cost to owner of $100,000 home annually: $.56.08.
• Greenhills: Voters will be asked to vote between David B. Moore and Maria C. Waltherr for mayor. Three candidates are running for council to fill three seats.
• Miami Township Waste District: Renewal of 1.25-mill levy and increase of 1-mill for waste collection and disposal for five years. Cost to owner of a $100,000 home: $67.84 annually.
• Milford Exempted Village School District: 4.5-mill increase to maintain operating expenses. Cost to owner of $100,000 home: $137 annually.
• Norwood: 2-mill increase for five years for road and bridge repair. Cost to the owner of a $100,000 home: $62.31 annually. Voters will also be asked vote between Robert G. Kelly and Keith D. Moore for law director; and decide among Lynn Ellis, Lisa Russ and Bill Tracey for the at-large seat on council. All other candidates are running unopposed.
• Oak Hills School District: 4.82-mill increase to maintain operations. Cost to owner of a $100,000 home: $145.34 annually for five years.
• Silverton: 5-mill increase for five years to maintain village operating expenses for four years. Cost to owner of a $100,000 home: $123.75 annually.
• Sycamore Township: Seeking approval of a contract with Amberley Village for the designation of the Sycamore Township JEDZ Kenwood-Southwest Joint Economic Development Zone.
• Sycamore Township: Seeking approval of a contract with the City of Madeira for the designation of the Sycamore Township JEDZ Kenwood-Central Joint Economic Development Zone.