ELECTION 2014: Road levies on Southern Ohio ballots

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/18/2014

Multiple locales in southern Ohio will decide this fall on ballot issues to benefit local roads and bridges.

In the Cincinnati area, voters in the village of Greenhills will decide whether to renew a levy of 1.5 mills for five years to aid local projects.

The mill rate is the rate at which property taxes are determined. Every person who owns real estate is required to pay property taxes.

Voters in the village of Harveysburg will also cast ballots that include a question about whether to renew a 2.5-mill rate for five years. The tax money collected in the community southeast of Waynesville along state Highway 73 would continue to benefit street maintenance.

Multiple Greene County communities will decide whether they are willing to pay more for better roads. They include:

  • Fairborn: Whether to continue collecting a street improvement levy for another 10 years via a 0.25 percent income tax.
  • Ross Township: Whether to collect an additional 1.5 mills for road work.
  • Beavercreek: Whether to renew and increase a street, road and bridge levy by 0.9 mills.

In neighboring Fayette County, voters in the village of New Holland will decide whether to charge themselves another 0.7 mills for five years. The additional property tax collected would be used to fund construction, maintenance and repair of streets in the community along U.S. 22.

Multiple communities in Montgomery County will also include questions that would benefit streets, roads and bridges:

  • Trotwood: Whether to renew collection of a 1-mill rate for five years.
  • New Lebanon: Whether to collect and additional 5 mills for five years.
  • German Township: Whether to renew collection of a 1-mill rate for five years.

In bordering Preble County, most voters in Gratis Township will decide whether to add a 1-mill rate for five years to pay for road construction. Ballots in the villages of Gratis and West Elkton will not include the question.

Five communities in Athens County will cast ballots that include questions to benefit local infrastructure. They are:

  • Nelsonville: Whether to renew a 2-mill rate for five years to pay for street, road and bridge work.
  • Alexander Township: Whether to add a five-year, 1-mill rate for road maintenance.
  • Ames Township: Whether to renew collection of a 1-mill road maintenance levy for five years.
  • Lodi Township: Whether to replace and increase the levy to 2 mills for five years to benefit road maintenance.
  • Waterloo Township: Whether to collect a 1-mill rate for five years for road maintenance.

Ballots in the city of Wellston will also include a tax question that would benefit local projects. Voters in the community east of Cincinnati will decide whether to collect 2 mills for five years to benefit construction, resurfacing and repair of streets roads and bridges.

Voters in Hocking County’s Perry Township will decide whether to renew a 1-mill levy for five years to improve roads.

In Scioto County, voters in two townships will decide on road levies. Madison and Porter townships will decide on 4-mill and 2-mill rates, respectively.

The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Oct. 6. Any registered voter interested in voting absentee by mail can request a ballot and return it to the local county board of elections by Nov. 1.

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