Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Voters decide money issues today

By Cindy Kranz and Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Voters will decide today whether Cincinnati Public Schools can build 35 new schools and renovate 31 others. Here's a look at the issues on the ballot in Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties:

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Some precincts have been condensed because of the limited number of issues on the ballot. Voters in those areas should have already received a letter of notification from their county's board of elections.
Hamilton County

• Cincinnati Public Schools: $480 million bond issue would be the largest public works project in Cincinnati. If the 4.61-mill bond issue passes, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $135 a year in additional school taxes.

• Columbia Township: 3-mill continuing police levy. Taxes would increase about $105 on a $100,000 house.

• Crosby Township: 3.5-mill continuing levy providing $200,000 annually for the fire department.

• Princeton City School District: $85 million bond issue to build or renovate eight elementary schools. If the 2.84-mill bond issue passes, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an extra $87 a year in school taxes.

• Mount Healthy City School District: 6.95-mill operating levy would generate about $2.2 million annually. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an extra $213 in school taxes a year.

• Norwood: 2.5-mill continuing levy for the fire department and a 2.5-mill continuing levy for the police department.

• St. Bernard: Voters will be asked to approve a charter.

• Indian Hill: Voters will decide on a ballot initiative that would require the approval of 75 percent of adjacent property owners to change zoning involving any non-residential properties, such as schools and government buildings.

Butler County

• Fairfield Schools: 2-mill permanent improvement replacement levy to bring in $2 million for maintenance each of the next five years. The issue would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $45 a year.

Residents in two Butler County precincts vote on the Princeton City Schools' $85 million bond issue to build or renovate eight elementary schools.

Warren County

• Kings Local Schools: 4.5-mill bond issue, needed to fund $43 million in renovations and additions to the high school and junior high. The 28-year bond issue would increase taxes on a $100,000 home about $137 a year.

• Carlisle Schools: 1 percent income tax for that is expected to generate $1.4 million a year for operations.

• Deerfield Township: 1-mill, five-year parks replacement levy.

• Franklin Schools: $16.7 million bond issue.

• Wayne Schools: 10-mill emergency operating levy that replaces three expiring levies and adds 4.85 mills.

• Wayne Township: 1.8-mill renewal levy for the Fire Department.

Clermont County

• Milford Exempted Village School District: 5.9-mill operating levy would raise about $4.6 million a year. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $206 a year in school taxes.

• Moscow: Renewal of a 1-mill operating levy that brings in about $44,800 annually. Taxes would not increase.

• New Richmond: 1-mill continuing levy for fire and emergency medical services. Taxes on a $100,000 house would increase by $30 annually. Voters also will be asked to approve a 2-mill continuing levy that would raise about $98,759 annually for the police department. Taxes would increase about $61 on a $100,000 house.

• Pierce Township: 2.8-mill replacement levy for police. The tax on a $100,000 house would be about $98 annually, an increase of $66.

E-mail ckranz@enquirer.com and esolvig@enquirer.com

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