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Published: Monday, 1/19/2009

Income-data sought on replacement levy

BY DAVID PATCH
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The Fulton County Commissioners have asked the county auditor s office to calculate how much additional revenue a 1.1-mill levy for the county senior citizens center would raise if it were replaced instead of renewed.

After voting last week to make that request, however, commissioners said they re unlikely to seek the extra money when they place a levy question on the May 5 primary ballot.

By getting the revenue number, commissioner Paul Barnaby said, We have all the facts before us before we make a decision.

We don t foresee going for a replacement, commissioner Dean Genter said.

When approved by county voters in 2004, the current operating levy marked an 0.2-mill increase over the tax previously collected for the senior center, boosting estimated annual revenue from $715,000 to $963,000.

The levy now raises about $880,000 annually for the senior center. County auditor Nancy Yackee said revenue has declined primarily because Ohio abolished its tangible-property tax several years ago.

The existing levy costs the owner of a $100,000 house $38.50 in annual tax, and expires at the end of this year.

County administrator Vond Hall said the commissioners have until mid-February to act if a levy question is to be placed on the May ballot. The county Board of Elections must formally approve such a question by Feb. 19.

Also last week, the commissioners voted to vacate County Road KL, a short strip of roadway that once led to a school in Franklin Township but now serves only as a driveway for a single residence. The homeowner requested the road s vacation and will arrange for an easement so that he can continue using it as his driveway, Mr. Hall said.



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