2013-05-01 / News

Henry County Voters To Decide Hope Services

Voters in Henry County, including Freedom and Ridgeville townships, will be asked to replace a two-mill property tax levy for Hope Services when they go to the poles Tuesday, May 7.

Hope Services is the operating name of the Henry County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The levy has been on the books for several years. Five years ago, it was renewed, rather than replaced.

Under Ohio law, the revenue generated by a property tax levy cannot rise as property appreciates.

If a levy is renewed, it is reduced slightly to keep revenue from growing with inflation.

However, if voters replace a levy rather than renew it, the property values are reset to current levels.

If passed by Henry County voters, the levy will bring in $1.2 million per year for five years.

Voters in Freedom Township who live within the Napoleon School District will vote on that district’s income tax request.

The Napoleon school board is asking voters to approve a half-percent (.5%) income tax.

If approved by voters, the tax will remain in place for five years.

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