Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Warren County to forgo property taxes for 2001

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The Warren County commissioners voted Tuesday not to collect the county's share of the property tax for the second straight year.

        The move means $9.4 million less for the county and, according to the auditor's office, a $78.70 savings for the owner of a $100,000 house.

        “Government is big enough,” Commission President Mike Kilburn said.

        Resident Connie Hillard, 34, whose family recently built a home in Morrow, said it's hard to argue with a tax cut. However, she can't help but wonder if something will suffer because of it.

        “Anything to save us money is good, but I don't know what the consequences are,” Ms. Hillard said.

        The county spends less per capita than its neighbors on its Children's Services Department and some other social services programs.

        But Commissioner Larry Crisenbery said Warren is able to forgo the property tax because it collects so much from the sales tax.

        “If there is a fair tax, that's it, because we know that more than 50 percent of it comes from outside the county,” he said.

        The discount comes off the 2001 tax bill, which is paid in 2002.

        In some communities, though, the commissioners' tax break will be more than offset by property taxes for schools. Taxes on a $100,000 home will rise next year by $177 in Lebanon and $213 in Mason.


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