Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Clermont County tax issues: Long lines delay counting of 9 levies for hours

By Reid Forgrave
Enquirer staff writer

Clermont County residents voted on nearly a dozen local tax issues - including one school levy - Tuesday.

That school levy passed 57 to 43 percent in unofficial results.

After the third levy attempt this year for Clermont Northeastern Schools, supporters were anxious Tuesday night. "We're just hoping the third time is the charm," said Cindy Huxel, co-chair of the levy committee. "In this community especially, taxes are always a tough issue, regardless of what it's going toward."

The district sought the permanent improvement levy to raise $1.2 million a year for maintenance of buildings and grounds, as well as updating technology and textbooks. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an extra $150 annually if it passed.

Eight other Clermont County communities voted on other municipal levies Tuesday.

In Amelia, residents voted on a 2-mill replacement levy for general operating expenses that would cost $61 annually on a $100,000 home.

In Bethel, residents voted on a 0.8-mill, five-year replacement levy for the Grant Memorial Building and Burke Park that would cost $24 annually on a $100,000 home.

In Goshen Township, residents were voting on a 1.5-mill levy for seven years for the township park district that would cost $45 annually on a $100,000 home.

In Miami Township, residents voted on a 1.5-mill levy renewal for parks, which adds no new taxes on homes there.

In Milford, residents voted on a 5.3-mill, five-year replacement levy for fire protection that would cost $162 annually on a $100,000 home.

In Ohio Township, residents voted on a 6-mill continuing levy for fire, ambulance and EMS that would cost $183 annually on a $100,000 home.

In Owensville, voters faced a 10-mill, five-year additional levy and 1.5-mill replacement levy for expenses that together would cost $311 annually on a $100,000 home.

In Pierce Township, voters decided whether to pass a 1.5-mill continuing levy for streets, roads and bridges that would cost $46 annually on a $100,000 home.


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