Three districts OK tax hikes
WARREN – Voters in three Trumbull County communities approved what amount to four separate taxes that will increase their bills.
For residents in Brookfield and Champion, the approval of police and fire department levies mean paying hundreds of dollars more, and in Hartford, it’s about $70 a year for a $100,000 home.
Voters in other parts of the county weren’t as generous on Election Day, rejecting requests for more money for roads in Liberty and cemeteries in Newton Township. Also, voters in Newton Falls rejected an attempt to raise the village’s income tax by 0.35 percent. And not one attempt by a school district for additional money was approved.
Renewal attempts fared much better. In fact, voters agreed to continue to fund all the renewal requests on the ballot.
All of the amounts provided are based on a taxpayer who owns a home worth $100,000. Also, the numbers are estimates. The actual amounts won’t be determined until December and the amounts do not include the rollbacks available to property owners.
In addition, the amounts in Brookfield and in Champion include school levies voters approved in May.
Voters here were generous Tuesday, approving what amounts really to two separate tax increases, one to help fund the police department and one to help fund the fire department.
Although the replacement 1.6-mill, continuing police levy is a decrease of one-half mill from the original levy voters approved in 1976, the new levy will actually increase property taxes for township residents. It does that because collections beginning next year will be based on current property values.
The fire levy is a true additional, continuing levy of 3-mills.
And don’t forget the 4.85-mill additional levy voters approved for the school district in May.
So, a township resident who paid $2,012 this year will pay $247 more in 2014.
Here, voters agreed to support the township police department by approving an additional 2-mill, continuing levy. Also, back in May, voters approved a 5.95-mill additional levy for the school district.
In all, township residents are looking at paying $279 more next year than the $1,985 they paid this year.
The additional 2-mill, 5-year police levy will tack on $70 to residents’ tax bills, taking the total to $1,988.