Friday, August 25, 2000

Warren district asks tax on income

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Warren County residents will see the usual array of requests for money on the November ballot, and one rather unusual one.

        Little Miami Local — the only school district on the ballot — is asking for an income tax of 0.75 percent, instead of a property tax. Several Tristate districts, including Goshen and Wyoming, have an income tax, but no Warren County schools receive funding that way.

        Little Miami, which also receives property taxes, opted to request an income tax because it's more fair to people such as the elderly and farmers who might have valuable land but little income, Treasurer Barbara Swisher said.

        Levies and other issues that met Thursday's deadline for the fall ballot:

        • Franklin is seeking a 0.72-mill, 30-year bond to raise $3 million for a new public library.

        • Recovery Services of Warren & Clinton Counties is seeking a 1-mill, five-year replacement levy to serve the region's burgeoning population.

        • Salem Township is requesting an additional 2-mill, continuing levy to build a fire station, and 2 mills for five years for township operations.

        • Also seeking money for fire services are Maineville, an additional 1-mill, continuing levy; Harlan Township, renewal of a 2.9-mill levy for five years; Union Township, a 1.9-mill continuing replacement levy; and Clearcreek Township, an additional 4.5-mill continuing levy.

        • Harveysburg is requesting a 1-mill replacement levy for three years to pay for police services.

        • Middletown, Waynesville and Springboro are each seeking to update their charters, although none would substantively change their governments. Middletown's amendment would change the name of the city's legislative body from City Commission to City Council and its leader from chairman to mayor.


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