May 2019 Ballot Property Tax Issues…so when does it end?

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Ask yourself if you or your family members are experiencing the heartache of being priced out of the home that they have worked all their lives to achieve?

Here are the property tax levies that will be on the May 7, 2019 ballot.  We have received confirmation from the Lake County Auditor’s Department that our calculations are correct.  ( “You are correct on your calculations and yes, both Kirtland Schools and Madison School do receive the rollbacks.”….Lake County Auditor’s Dept.)

Be sure that you know what you are voting for and understand how the types of levies can impact your pocketbooks and your lives.  Get to know what a replacement levy is and that a continuous levy means FOREVER!

May 7, 2019 Special Election
Order of Questions/Issues in 2019: State, Township, School and other districts, County, Municipal

#1 – Leroy Township (2 Precincts)  4.5 Mills Replacement Levy – Fire Operations – Five Years – Commencing 2019 Tax Year —– All precincts in Leroy Township

Annual Cost to Taxpayers: [4.5 mills x $35.00 = $157.50 per $100,000 of home valuation.

Replacement Levy  [Warning to all taxpayers!]

A Replacement Levy extends the term and conditions of an expiring levy. However unlike renewal levies, it takes present day property valuation into consideration.

Replacement levies generally benefit from the increase in value since the passage of the original “replaced” levy. If passed at the identical mills as the original levy, a replacement levy will normally increase your tax if the value of the property has risen since the original passage of the levy.

Another explanation: This type of levy has the same purpose as a renewal, but instead of renewing the previous levy at the effective millage rate, a replacement levy is imposed at the original millage rate of the levy that it replaces. This gives the district the benefit of any growth in local value that occurred over the life of the previous levy.
(Example: A five-mill, five-year levy would be replaced for five mills, instead of the 3.8-mill effective rate of the older levy.)

This type of levy cannot be used for an emergency levy, and unlike the renewal levy, cannot be combined with other changes in millage.

#2 – Madison Township Police District (10 Precincts Township ONLY)
3.9 Mills Replacement Levy – Police Operations — All precincts in Madison Township
Continuing Period of Time – Commencing 2019 Tax Year

Annual Cost to Taxpayers: [3.9 mills x $35.00 = $136.50 per $100,000 of home valuation]

What is a Continuing Levy?  *******  [Warning to Taxpayers}********
continuing levy is a permanent levy. It will always be collected.  The taxpayer is giving up their vote and cannot hold their elected officials accountable for their decisions since the tax money will always be collected.


#3 Perry Township Road District (4 Precincts / Township ONLY)
2.9 Mills Additional Levy  – Roads & Bridges –
Five Years – Commencing 2019 Tax Year – All precincts in Perry Township

Annual Cost to Taxpayers: [ 2.9 mills x $35.00 = $101.50 per  $100,000 home valuation]

An Additional levy is a new levy added on to existing road levies.

#4  Kirtland Local School District (7 Precincts + Geauga County)
$1,450,000.00 (Est. 4.11 Mills) Renewal Levy – Emergency Requirements of the District – Five Years – Commencing 2019 Tax Year
All precincts in Kirtland City, and portions of Kirtland Hills Village, Waite Hill Village and Willoughby City precinct 3C

Annual Cost to Taxpayers: [4.11 mills x $35.00 = $143.85 x .875 [12.5% rollback credit] = $125.87 per $100,000 home valuation]

The 12.5% rollback credit given to the home owner is reimbursed to the school district by the State of Ohio.

An Emergency Levy will not be subject to the HB920 rule and will collect the same amount of money each year.

#5  Madison Local School District (12 Precincts + Geauga County)
$697,270.00 (1.79 Mills) Renewal Levy – Emergency Requirements of the District –
Five Years – Commencing 2019 Tax Year

Annual Cost to Taxpayers: [1.79 mills x $35.00 = $62.65 x .875  [12.5% rollback credit]= $54.82  per $100,000 home valuation.

The 12.5% rollback credit given to the home owner is reimbursed to the school district by the State of Ohio.

An Emergency Levy will not be subject to the HB920 rule and will collect the same amount of money each year.  Common tactic used by Lake County school districts to circumvent the H.B. 920 rules.


Categories: Lake, Real Estate Taxes, Uncategorized


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