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SPRING 2012 <br />FEBRUARY — APRIL <br />VOLUME 23, NO.1 <br />DELIVERED QUARTERLY <br />TO ALL RESIDENTS OF <br />CENTERVILLE AND <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />Road & Br'i clge Reel a Levy <br />1 s M atsd for NLar+dh Ballot <br />ashington Township <br />Trustees are asking residents <br />to vote March 6 on a Road <br />and Bridge Levy that will help maintain the <br />township's growing network of roads. <br />If approved, the 1.85 -mill, five-year <br />replacement levy — Issue 19 on the ballot <br />— will allow the township to continue its <br />current level of service. It replaces a <br />1.7 -mill levy that expires at the end <br />of the year. <br />The slight increase in millage will partly <br />compensate for a projected $1.74 million <br />loss to the Public Works budget over the <br />next five years due to state cutbacks and a <br />decline in property values. (Seepage 6.) <br />"We've taken a conservative approach to <br />the millage request. Given the difficult <br />`Mate of the <br />Ry I)Ale INl_ berry, president <br />Washington 'Township Board of 'Trustees <br />Presented January 8, 2012 <br />economic times, we've made a G <br />commitment to control costs," said <br />Trustee President Scott Paulson. Even <br />with levy passage, the Public Works <br />Department will operate with an <br />anticipated $195,065 less than it did in I <br />2008 when the current limited -term <br />levy entered its first year. <br />If the levy is approved, the owner of a house <br />valued at $200,000 will pay about $113.31 in <br />the first year, about $9.18 more than 2012 <br />and $4.71 more than in 2008 when the same <br />house was valued at $208,600. The 2008 <br />home value assumes a loss in value of 4.12 <br />percent in 2011, which reflects the average <br />decline in residential/agricultural real estate. <br />Levy revenue, estimated at $1.87 million in <br />its first year, pays for road maintenance and <br />�ownshjp (.�2eporf <br />rustees take pleasure each <br />January in reviewing activities <br />and accomplishments from the <br />past year. In that respect, this State of the <br />Township address is no different However, <br />some key achievements in 2011 differ from <br />past years because they revolve around <br />revenue challenges and a changing <br />financial landscape. <br />I'm proud to report that the township rose <br />to a series of financial challenges in 2011, <br />successfully averting one loss in revenue <br />while adapting to others through planning <br />and cost-cutting efforts. <br />By mid year, it was apparent that state <br />funding reductions would have a profound <br />impact on local government revenue and <br />that the township's cumulative losses <br />would reach about $11.6 million by 2018. <br />Elimination of the estate tax is the largest <br />component, with an average annual <br />loss of $1.4 million starting in 2013. Late <br />in 2011, the county reported a 3.6 percent <br />decline in Centerville /Washington Township <br />property values that will lower revenue by <br />$666,386 in 2012. Coupled with cutbacks <br />in state funding, losses will total about <br />$1.3 million in the coming year. <br />While this is not good news, property values <br />fell by less than half of the 7.5 percent <br />reduction experienced by the county as a <br />In <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO <br />GOVERNMENT CENTER <br />(937) 433-0152 <br />RECREATION CENTER <br />(9377) 433-0130 <br />Annual Cost per 00 <br />F - <br />of home vallue*ue* FW <br />Current Levy: $52.07 <br />Replacement Levy: $56.66 S BMW <br />Full levy infomation on pages 4-5 <br />*Assumes the bouse is owner occupied <br />construction in the unincorporated area and <br />enables the township to service a network of <br />roads that has reached 145.1 centerline miles. <br />"Well-maintained roads make economic <br />sense. It's more cost effective to maintain <br />roads than to wait until they begin to <br />continued on page 5 <br />City Ar"mmsTand <br />The City of Centerville has annexed 96.5 <br />acres of township land, to the northeast ofd <br />the Sheehan Road and Social Row Road <br />intersection. Most of the acreage is owned by <br />the township. See page 3 _ <br />whole — proof that Washington Township <br />remains a highly desirable community in <br />which to live and work. <br />On another financial front, the township <br />argued successfully against a City of <br />Centerville petition to remove .7 mills of <br />township property tax paid by city residents <br />and assign it to another taxing entity. All <br />township residents pay .7 mills to fund <br />services that benefit the entire community, <br />including administrative costs for fire and <br />recreation departments. The township also <br />maintains Hithergreen Center, Town Hall <br />Theatre and two cemeteries in the city and <br />for the past nine years has set aside $150,000 <br />for joint projects with the city <br />continued on page 2 <br />