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Bill would change how property tax levies are worded for voters

Nick Blizzard, Dayton Daily News |

Ohio House Bill 140 calls for ballot language to be written in a way that would tell voters what levies would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 and how much the amount the tax would generate annually.

Proponents tout the bill as a move for transparency and uniformity. Tax levies typically are sought by cities, school districts, townships, and other entities. They often seek voter support for property taxes to be collected over a period of years for a specific purpose – school funding; police and fire services; roads and bridge upkeep or other uses.

The plan’s detractors include groups representing many Dayton-area taxing authorities. They say levies are too complex to be explained in the terms under consideration and also the bill is not needed because the information the bill calls for is often readily available to voters through other means.

Several local taxing authorities surveyed by the Dayton Daily News — Beavercreek, Centerville, Kettering, Trotwood and Kettering schools, among them — either declined to say if they favor or oppose the bill, or said more time is needed to assess the plan introduced in February.

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