The Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMhs) began the process of seeking a renewal of one of its two seven-tenths (.7) mill property tax levies.
The board approved a resolution asking the Defiance County auditor to certify the current property valuation of the four-county area and the amount of money a renewed levy would generate at its Thursday, May 9 meeting.
Under Ohio law, the amount of money a property tax raises is not allowed to increase as property values appreciate.
To prevent property taxes from rising as properties increase in value, county auditors reduce the millage charged against property owners.
The lower number is called the “effective millage.”
The current effective millage of the ADAMhs board levy that is due to expire is .684040 mills.
The levy will expire at the end of tax year 2013, payable in 2014.
An older levy can generate additional revenue if a property is improved.
For example, if a new home is built on a vacant lot, the taxable value of that home will be charged against the owner, and the entity receiving money from the levy will get additional dollars.
When a levy is replaced, it is assessed against current property values, which raises more money for the entity that levies the tax.
Voters originally passed the .7 mill ADAMhs board levy in 1989. Four-county area voters have renewed the levy three times.
Five years ago, it was replaced, resetting the millage at the full seven-tenths.
The ADAMhs board has two seven-tenths of a mill levies on the books. Combined, the two levies raise about 40% of the board’s $10.2 million budget.
Currently, the ADAMhs board levies raise about $2 million each.
The ADAMhs board does not provide services directly to clients. Rather, it contracts with private groups and public agencies for client services.
Lou Levy, board spokesman, said the board has primary contracts with eight agencies, ranging 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 ADAMhs board funds pay for counseling, medications, case management, and hospitalization.
Another 17.1% goes to fund treatment for those with alcohol and drug addiction, while another 2.6% is spent on domestic violence and child sex abuse issues.
The board pays out 1.7% as services to the agencies, such as funding audits or purchasing computer software for use by the agencies which contract with the ADAMhs board.
Out of the budget, 6.8% is spent for administrative services.