Southwest Ohio voters asked to support dozens of police and fire levies in Tuesday's election

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CINCINNATI -- Southwest Ohio voters will be asked to support more than a dozen levies Tuesday to fund their local police and fire departments. 

Early voting began Oct. 1. The general election is Nov 5. 

To see WCPO's related Elections 2013 stories, please go to our Elections Page

A county-breakdown of the police and fire levies: 

BUTLER CO. 

Village of Somerville – Issue 1

The proposed 4 mill levy would help pay for operating expenses and equipment at the fire department in the Village of Somerville.

WCPO’s news partner, the Hamilton Journal-News, reports that the village’s fire department may be dissolved if voters say no to the levy, which is expected to generate $12,189 for the department.

It will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $140 per year if the levy is passed.

Morgan Township – Issue 3

Voters are asked to replace an existing 1.5 mill levy and increase 1 mill to establish a tax for the purpose of providing ambulance service and emergency medical service in the township.

The 2.5 mill levy is expected to generate $403,656 annually for the township.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $87.50 annually, or an additional $42.31 to what they currently pay in taxes.  

Ross Township – Issue 4

The proposed 2.75 mill levy is expected to generate $508,035 for the Ross Township Police District.

The funds would be used to provide and maintain motor vehicles, communications, buildings and would also cover the cost of operating expenses at the department.

A resident of Ross Township currently pays $25.96 for an existing police levy that has been voluntarily withdrawn and scheduled to expire Jan. 1. A resident of Ross Township would instead pay $96.25 annually per $100,000 value of their home if the new levy is passed.

St. Clair Township – Issue 5

The proposed 3.5 mill levy is expected to generate $80,765 for the purpose of providing ambulance and emergency medical service in the township.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $122.50 in taxes if the levy passes.

St. Clair Township – Issue 6

Voters are asked to renew a 0.75 mill fire levy, expected to generate $467,569 annually, that would help pay for equipment and operating expenses at the township fire department.

Residents would see no tax increase if this levy is approved and would continue to pay $20.93 per $100,000 value of their home.

*All figures calculated by the Butler County Auditor's Office 

WARREN CO.

Lebanon – Issue 4

Voters are asked to replace 5.5. mills of an existing fire and ambulance levy and increase 1.5 mills to establish a tax to provide and maintain equipment and operating expenses at the Lebanon City Fire Department

The 7 mill levy is expected to generate $2,775,900 for the city annually. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $76.56 more in taxes each year, if passed.

Village of Harveysburg – Issue 6

Voters are asked to renew a 2.0 mill levy to benefit the police department in the Village of Harveysburg.

The levy, expected to generate $18,115 annually, would maintain motor vehicles, communication, equipment and salaries for the police department.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay no additional money in taxes if the levy is passed.

Maineville Village – Issue 7

Residents in the Village of Maineville are asked to support an additional 1.0 mill levy to help financially support the village police department.

The levy, expected to generate $20,370 annually, would help the village purchase and maintain police department equipment, including motor vehicles, communications equipment and other equipment necessary for police protection.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $35 in taxes if the levy passes.

Harlan Township – Issue 10

Residents are asked to renew a 1.0 mill levy to fund fire and emergency medical services in the township.

If voters approve its renewal, the levy would continue to generate $106,600 annually.

The owner of a $100,000 home would not see an increase in taxes from the levy, if passed.

Washington Township – Issue 11

A proposed 3.0 mill-continuing levy for fire and emergency services would generate $100,860 annually, if passed. 

The tax would pay for operating expenses and equipment for the fire department.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $105 per year in taxes if the levy passes.

*All figures calculated by the Warren County Auditor's Office

HAMILTON CO. 

North College Hill

Voters are asked to support a 4.9 mill tax levy, expected to generate $568,104 annually to fund the city police department. 

The owner of a $100,000 would pay $171.50 annually in taxes if the levy passes. 

North Bend

Voters are asked to support a 2.29 mill levy, expected to generate $80,851 annually to fund the fire department, life squad and emergency medical services. 

If the additional levy is approved by voters, North Bend will rescind an existing 1.0 mill life squad levy.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $80.15 per year if the levy passes. 

*All figures calculated by the Hamilton County Auditor's Office

 

CLERMONT CO.

Village of Bethel

A proposed 4.0 mill continuing tax levy would generate $123,289 annually for the police department, if passed.

The village currently has a 2.9 mill police levy that will be collected until 2015. The owner of a $100,000 home currently pays $88.81 in taxes annually for the existing police levy.

If voters approve the proposed levy, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $140 in taxes annually in addition to the $88.81 they already pay for the separate police levy.   

Village of Felicity

Voters are asked to renew a 6.0 mill police tax levy, which is expected to continue to generate $31,992 annually, if passed.

The owner of a $100,000 home would continue to pay $183.15 annually if passed and would not see an increase in their taxes.

*All figures calculated by the Clermont County Auditor's Office

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