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Lower Property Values Compound State Funding Losses <br />ashington Township will <br />WWsoon face yet another <br />funding challenge - an <br />erosion of local real estate property value <br />that will result in lower tax revenue. <br />"This marks the latest in a series of <br />financial setbacks. It's the fifth time since <br />last spring that we've received notification <br />of a funding reduction," said Township <br />Administrator Jesse Lightle. <br />The 4 percent anticipated reduction in <br />total Centerville/Washington Township <br />property values will result in a $632,449 <br />loss in 2012. Montgomery County <br />property values fell on average 7 to 8 <br />percent, according to recent valuation <br />projections provided by the county. <br />"Responding to the loss will require <br />further belt tightening," said Trustee <br />President Dale Berry. "However, the <br />township and its residents are still <br />2012 Property Tax Reductions <br />by Department <br />$203,725 <br />$200K — $168,362 <br />- $165,292 <br />$150K <br />$100K <br />$50K $47,535 _ $4735 <br />General Road & Police Fire Recreation <br />Bridge <br />Total Reductions: 44 ' <br />fortunate that local property values are <br />relatively strong, given the current strains <br />on the housing market." <br />The property tax reduction - coupled <br />with drastic cutbacks this year in state <br />Staffing Changes Will Improve <br />Emergency Response Times <br />shortage of volunteers and a The new staffing will likely produce faster <br />rising number of emergency response times, however it comes at a <br />calls have prompted staffing somewhat higher cost because it requires the <br />realignments at two fire stations during township to pay more in hourly wages. <br />nights and weekends. "We've made these choices <br />"O h ' t <br />Fire Station 42 on West u r C <br />Whipp Road and Fire either r <br />Station 44 on Centerville levels o <br />Business Parkway have in P <br />been staffed since October with crews <br />that respond directly from each station. <br />Previously, part -paid volunteers responded <br />on nights and weekends from their home, <br />driving first to the fire station before <br />proceeding to the emergency scene. <br />ones were o because the demographics <br />educe service and cunent workforce are <br />r invest more forcing our hand," said Fire <br />ersonnel." Chief Bill Gaul. "Wearetit <br />getting the number of partpaidvolunteers <br />that we once did, however were responding to <br />more calls. Our choices were to either reduce <br />service levels or invest more in personnel." <br />funding - will add up to a $1.2 million <br />loss in 2012. <br />Further draining township resources, <br />state legislators approved eliminating <br />the estate tax by 2013 - a decision <br />that will cost the township about <br />$1.4 million annually. "The loss of the <br />Estate Tax represents the single largest, <br />ongoing loss that the township must <br />absorb," said Lightle. <br />By the end of 2018, the cumulative <br />impact of state funding cuts - without <br />property tax factored in - will reach <br />about $11.6 million for Washington <br />Township. "These are drastic reductions <br />in state funding. They pose significant <br />challenges for local governments across <br />Ohio, including Washington Township," <br />Berry said. <br />continued on page 2 <br />WINTER 2012WASHINGTON <br />TOWNSHIP <br />DECEMBER - MARCH <br />/ <br />MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO <br />VOLUME 22, NO.4 <br />all <br />GOVERNMENT CENTER <br />ii"7� <br />DELIVERED QUARTERLY <br />(937) 433-0152 <br />TO ALL RESIDENTS OF <br />RECREATION CENTER <br />CENTERVILLE AND <br />WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP <br />(937) 433 0130 <br />Lower Property Values Compound State Funding Losses <br />ashington Township will <br />WWsoon face yet another <br />funding challenge - an <br />erosion of local real estate property value <br />that will result in lower tax revenue. <br />"This marks the latest in a series of <br />financial setbacks. It's the fifth time since <br />last spring that we've received notification <br />of a funding reduction," said Township <br />Administrator Jesse Lightle. <br />The 4 percent anticipated reduction in <br />total Centerville/Washington Township <br />property values will result in a $632,449 <br />loss in 2012. Montgomery County <br />property values fell on average 7 to 8 <br />percent, according to recent valuation <br />projections provided by the county. <br />"Responding to the loss will require <br />further belt tightening," said Trustee <br />President Dale Berry. "However, the <br />township and its residents are still <br />2012 Property Tax Reductions <br />by Department <br />$203,725 <br />$200K — $168,362 <br />- $165,292 <br />$150K <br />$100K <br />$50K $47,535 _ $4735 <br />General Road & Police Fire Recreation <br />Bridge <br />Total Reductions: 44 ' <br />fortunate that local property values are <br />relatively strong, given the current strains <br />on the housing market." <br />The property tax reduction - coupled <br />with drastic cutbacks this year in state <br />Staffing Changes Will Improve <br />Emergency Response Times <br />shortage of volunteers and a The new staffing will likely produce faster <br />rising number of emergency response times, however it comes at a <br />calls have prompted staffing somewhat higher cost because it requires the <br />realignments at two fire stations during township to pay more in hourly wages. <br />nights and weekends. "We've made these choices <br />"O h ' t <br />Fire Station 42 on West u r C <br />Whipp Road and Fire either r <br />Station 44 on Centerville levels o <br />Business Parkway have in P <br />been staffed since October with crews <br />that respond directly from each station. <br />Previously, part -paid volunteers responded <br />on nights and weekends from their home, <br />driving first to the fire station before <br />proceeding to the emergency scene. <br />ones were o because the demographics <br />educe service and cunent workforce are <br />r invest more forcing our hand," said Fire <br />ersonnel." Chief Bill Gaul. "Wearetit <br />getting the number of partpaidvolunteers <br />that we once did, however were responding to <br />more calls. Our choices were to either reduce <br />service levels or invest more in personnel." <br />funding - will add up to a $1.2 million <br />loss in 2012. <br />Further draining township resources, <br />state legislators approved eliminating <br />the estate tax by 2013 - a decision <br />that will cost the township about <br />$1.4 million annually. "The loss of the <br />Estate Tax represents the single largest, <br />ongoing loss that the township must <br />absorb," said Lightle. <br />By the end of 2018, the cumulative <br />impact of state funding cuts - without <br />property tax factored in - will reach <br />about $11.6 million for Washington <br />Township. "These are drastic reductions <br />in state funding. They pose significant <br />challenges for local governments across <br />Ohio, including Washington Township," <br />Berry said. <br />continued on page 2 <br />