Five subdivisions targeted in Ross
ROSS TWP. - Five subdivisions in Ross Township have been targeted by Butler County commissioners for special taxing districts to pay for infrastructure improvements.
Commissioners have told Ross Local Schools that they want to negotiate a compensation agreement with the schools for a 30-year, 100 percent tax exemption in those areas.
By law, the school board has 45 days to reach an agreement with the county or veto the plan. The county pledges to give the schools "the same or better" amount of money they would have received without the new "residential incentive districts" in unbuilt portions of Blackstone Estates, Indian Creek Trails, Ross Estates and two sections of Ross Trails.
Commissioners want to pay for infrastructure improvements with anticipated increased tax revenues from higher property values after the subdivisions are completed. Homeowner taxes in the subdivisions won't be affected.
Similar districts are planned by the county for unbuilt subdivisions in Liberty and Fairfield townships, while West Chester Township trustees are creating these special taxing districts for 10 subdivisions.
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