The City of Xenia will have Issue 7, a renewal of a 3.5 mill operating levy, on the ballot on November 5, 2013. This levy, in place since 1959, provides funds for the general operations of the City, including police and fire protection and street maintenance.
The current operating levy will expire at the end of 2014. Based upon the Greene County Auditor Certificate of Estimated Property Tax Revenue, the requested renewal currently generates an estimated $415,000 per year over the next five years. As a renewal, this levy would not generate additional dollars, nor would it cost taxpayers additional dollars.
Due to state legislation passed in the 1970s, voted tax millage can never exceed the collected tax amount generated when it was first levied, except for new additions or annexed property. While this is a 3.5 mill renewal, the effective tax millage on residential property within the City is approximately .94 mills.
“The City has done an excellent job in reducing spending across our operations. Thanks to the support of our citizens in 2010, we were able to weather the financial crisis, restore critical services that had been cut, and fulfill our promise of a strong street repaving program,” said City Manager Jim Percival.
Renewal of this operating levy is important to allow the City to continue moving forward, providing excellent services for our citizens and making improvements to our streets and other critical infrastructure, Percival said. This includes the Xenia Police Division, whose 45 officers respond to more than 22,000 calls per year; the Xenia Fire Division, whose 42 firefighters respond to approximately 4,700 fire and EMS calls per year; and the Xenia Street Department, whose 10 employees maintain 115 miles of roads throughout the City.
“We are proud of the quality services our City employees provide,” said Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless. “All of us on City Council work to ensure the citizens are getting the most for their tax dollars. Along with City staff we are constantly looking at ways to work more efficiently and effectively to get the most out of the dollars you provide us,” she said.
The City has engaged the public through X-Plan, a nearly two year long process that provides a community-based vision for future development and a roadmap of how to achieve the vision. The plan reflects the goals, ideas and priorities that citizens expressed through an extensive public involvement process. Xenians want Xenia to be a community of choice with a growing economy, great neighborhoods and a strong core.
“We have the plan to move forward and have continued to build momentum to achieve these goals,” Percival said. “We need to maintain a sound fiscal base in order to continue to grow.”
The levy renewal will cost the average home owner pennies a day. For property with an appraised tax value of $100,000 the homeowner would pay $28.79 per year. A property with an appraised tax value of $125,000 would pay only $35.99 per year.
An informational meeting will be held on October 22, 2013 at the Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center at 130 E. Church Street, from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information about the levy renewal, the City website at http://www.ci.xenia.oh.us