Friday, August 25, 2000

MRDD measure among levies in Butler County

By Sue Kiesewetter and Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Butler County voters will face a host of money issues on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

        There will be one countywide levy for the developmentally disabled, four school levies and three fire and police levies. Thursday was the filing deadline for the November ballot.

        The Butler County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities is proposing a 2-mill replacement levy. It would replace a 14-year-old, 2-mill levy.

        The increase in property values since 1986 would mean the replacement levy would create an increase in taxes. The owner of a $100,000 house would pay $26 more in property taxes per year.

        The school districts with levies on the ballot are:

        • Lakota is seeking a 6.74-mill combination levy that includes a 4.9-mill operating levy and a 1.84-mill bond issue.

        The bond issue would raise $44.5 million to be used to build another elementary school and a junior school, and make building improvements. The operating levy is expected to raise $8.3 million annually, which school officials say will keep the district solvent for five years.

        • Middletown is requesting a 4.2-mill combination issue that includes a 2.2-mill bond issue and a 2-mill permanent improvement levy. The combined revenue from the two measures would provide $30 million to make long-term improvements to Middletown's 17 schools and $25 million over 10 years to maintain them.

        • Edgewood is asking for a 4.9-mill operating levy that would raise $1.67 million annually, enough to keep the district solvent for five years.

        • Talawanda is seeking a 6.5-mill operating levy that would raise $2.8 million annually. The money would be used to raise teacher salaries and restore some of the $600,000 in cuts that took effect July 1.

        These are the three communities with fire and police levies on the ballot:

        • Fairfield Township is requesting a 3-mill continuing levy to pay for fire equipment and operations, and a 5.9-mill continuing levy to pay for police protection.

        • Morgan Township is seeking a five-year, 2-mill levy for fire department operations and equipment.

        • Wayne Township is asking for a 1-mill, five-year replacement fire levy.


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