LISBON - The property tax increase on Middleton Township landowners resulting from renewal of a township road levy will take effect in 2014, not this year.
A story in Monday's Morning Journal stated the tax increase would be felt starting this year, resulting in a call from township Fiscal Officer Robert Chapman, who said that was incorrect.
The levy in question is an existing 2-mill road levy that was being run as a replacement levy instead of a regular renewal. Renewing an existing levy as a replacement levy allows property taxes to be collected at the levy's original rate that existed when the tax was first approved by voters, rather than the current reduced rate. Millage rates decrease as property values increase.
Chapman said the levy was actually due up for renewal this year, but the trustees decided to put it on the November 2012 ballot to give it an extra shot at being passed before the tax expired at the end of 2013. He said this was the earliest under the law the levy could be put on the ballot for renewal.
Since the issue was renewed as a replacement levy, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 by the Columbiana County Auditor's Office will begin being assessed a total of $61 in property taxes in 2014. This is an increase of $23 per year.
This means the 2013 property tax hit for Middleton Township residents in the Beaver Local school district will be less than originally expected. In 2012, Beaver Local voters approved a bond issue to build a new school complex that will raise taxes by $175 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home, starting with this year's tax bills.