Voters in Archbold and German Township will be faced with only one levy when they go to the polls, Tuesday, November 5.
Voters in Clinton Township, including the Clinton Township side of Pettisville, and those in Freedom Township in Henry County will have an additional levy decision.
Across the entire fourcounty area (Fulton, Defi- ance, Henry, Williams), voters will be asked to renew a seven-tenths (.7) of a mill levy for the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services, commonly known as the ADAMhs Board.
The board contracts with private groups and public agencies to provide services for its clients.
Lou Levy, board spokesman, said it has primary contracts with eight agencies. They range from about $75,000 per year to over $1 million.
The largest percentage of money spent by the board, about 71.8%, goes to help those with mental health issues.
The money pays for counseling, medications, case management, and hospitalization.
The board’s annual budget is about $10.2 million; it spends 6.8% of its money on administrative services.
Because the levy covers more than one county, the Defiance County auditor office handles information about the levy.
A spokesman for the office said the levy generates about $2 million per year. For the owner of a $100,000 home, the per-year cost is $20.95.
If approved by voters, the levy will remain on the books for five years.
New, Renewal, Replace
In Ohio, property tax levies go on the ballot in basically three ways.
When a levy is first approved by voters, it is a new or additional levy.
Basically, the millage approved by voters is charged against the value of the taxpayer’s property.
The taxing authority, such as a township or a school district, receives the money raised from all taxpayers in the district.
Under Ohio law, property tax levies are not allowed to bring in more money as property values appreciate.
Each year, the county auditor reduces the millage charged against property values so the levy does not generate more money.
The reduced millage is known as the effective millage.
When a property tax levy is due to expire, it can be renewed or replaced.
In a renewal, the levy continues, and the auditor continues reducing the millage.
But if voters approve a property tax replacement, the levy is reset at the current property value.
The first year a replaced property tax levy is charged against voters, it is charged at the full amount.
The ADAMhs Board levy was approved as a replacement by four-county voters in 2009. The current effective millage is .684040 mills.
Voters in Clinton Township will also be asked for an additional 24 one-hundreths (.24) of a mill to build a new maintenance building for the Wauseon Union Cemetery.
The cemetery is operated jointly by the City of Wauseon and Clinton Township.
Leonard Richer, Clinton Township trustee, said the present maintenance building was built in the early 1960s.
It’s too small for present needs.
“When we have to work on something, we have to move other equipment outside,” he said.
Any money left over from building a new maintenance building would be used to purchase additional equipment and/or maintain the cemetery.
The new building “will not be anything fancy,” he said.
The trustees selected .24 of a mill because it is estimated to raise $200,000 over five years.
Richer said after five years, the levy will not be renewed.
“It’s a one-time deal,” he said.
Brett Kolb, Fulton County auditor, said if approved, the levy will raise about $40,810 annually.
For the owner of a home valued at $100,000 in the township, the cost will be $8.40 per year.
Richer said the trustees had a similar levy on the ballot two years ago. Voters rejected it.
As a new levy, Clinton Township voters will not receive discounts of 10% and 2.5% if the cemetery levy passes.
Kevin Gerringer, Henry County auditor, explained in the 1970s, when state offi cials instituted the state income tax, they gave voters a 10% discount on their property taxes.
State funds were paid to auditors to pay for the discount.
Also, another 2.5% discount was approved for owner occupied homes. In other words, a taxpayer gets a state-funded 2.5% discount on their property taxes.
But because of changes incorporated into the recent state budget, the 10% and 2.5% discounts have been eliminated, so those who pay property taxes will pay the full amount on new or replacement levies.
Levies that are renewed will continue to receive the state discounts.
Voters in Freedom Township, Henry County, are being asked to replace a fiveyear, 1.5-mill levy for fire protection.
Denny Bockelman, Freedom Township fiscal officer, said the township contracts with the Ridgeville Corners, Napoleon, and Wauseon fire departments to cover calls in the township.
As an example, Bockelman said Ridgeville charges the township a flat rate of $600 per call.
Gerringer said currently, the 1.5-mill levy raises about $28,600 per year for Freedom Township residents.
If approved by voters, the replacement levy will generate about $39,135.
For the owner of a $100,000 home in Freedom Township, the cost will be $52.50 per year.
As a replacement levy, it will not receive the 10% and 2.5% discounts.–David Pugh