Willoughby-Eastlake School Tax Levy…..look out taxpayers, they are back for more

We have confirmed that the Willoughby-Eastlake school district has indeed requested a 4.99 mill property tax levy on the August ballot in a 2019 special election.  We asked the Lake County Board of Elections how much will this cost the taxpayers in that school district.

Here is their response:

The Board of Elections can confirm that we are in receipt of the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District filing, calling for the August 6th Special Election. Our Board has not certified the issue to the ballot, but I will recommend certification based on their filing documents.

There are 49 precincts in the district.

All Boards of Elections in Ohio were recently instructed to calculate a per precinct cost estimate for conducting special elections. Our estimate came to $1,379.51 per precinct.

As of this email, they are the only political subdivision to file for the August Special Election. The filing deadline is May 8th at 4:00 p.m.

Let’s do the math:

Cost to hold the special election:  49 precincts x $1,379.51 = $67,595.99 total cost to the taxpayers for this special election.

Cost to the taxpayers for the 4.99 mills:   4.99 x $35.00 = $174.65 per year per $100,000 of home valuation.  [You will need to earn $582.16 so that your HAT% is not impacted  ( $174.65 / ,3)]

If your home valuation is $200,000 = $349.30 per year  / $29.11 per month  / Need to earn $1,164.33 additional per year
If your home valuation is $300,000 = $523.95 per year /  $43.66 per month  / Need to earn $1,746.50 additional per year

If your home valuation is $400,000 = $698.60 per year / $58.22 per month  / Need to earn $2,328.66 additional per year
If your home valuation is $500,000 = $873.25 per year / $72.77 per month  / Need to earn $2,910.83 additional per year

Home ownership is just an illusion!

Categories: Lake County, Lake County, Ohio Real Estate Taxes, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills


4 replies

  1. And just why should this be a “special election” in August, the middle of the summer, when very few people are even aware that there will be an election? Could it be to sneak it through with a very low turnout?

    I still think there should be a minimum threshold for the percentage of registered voters that need to vote in favor or tax levies in addition to getting a majority of the vote. For example, if the threshold were 20% of the registered voters, it would require a minimum voter turnout of 40% plus one.

    In the present case, there can be a 5% voter turnout and as long as 50% plus one vote for it (i.e. 2.5% of registered voters plus one), the levy will pass. In other words, 2.5% of the voters can impose a tax levy on all 100% of the registered voters (plus all those who aren’t registered to vote but own property in the district).


  2. I don’t mind paying for the schools but they keep wanting more and more.Some of us cant afford this.If it means we have to starve then I vote NO,enough is enough.


    • Jessie, the schools will ALWAYS be back for more money. Their expenditures will never go down. Ironically, the enrollment in Lake County is going down, but their expenses keep going up. It is not sustainable.


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