Most Medina County homeowners will get a monetary present this season — a modest one at least.
The county Auditor’s Office reported tax rates will be slightly lower for approximately 95 percent of property owners in 2010.
Auditor Michael E. Kovack said tax rates fell in all Medina County school districts, except Chatham Township where voters replaced a fire and emergency medical service levy with a higher millage in May.
Chatham residents will be paying $31.01 more a year per $100,000.
The highest reductions are in Brunswick, where residents will be paying $55 less a year per $100,000 of appraised property valuation. The parts of Brunswick Hills and Hinckley townships that are in the Brunswick City School District will see their rates go down about $33 a year per $100,000.
Kovack said the lower tax rates were due to several school districts and the Medina County District Library lowering rates at which their levies are collected.
For example, the library district reduced collection on the bond issue voters passed in 2003 from 1 mill to 0.8 mill. Kovack said bond issues sometimes see increased revenue due to new construction and higher property values in the county.
“They may be collecting more than they need to pay on their bonds,” Kovack said. “From time to time, we encourage those entities to reduce their bond levies.”
The library’s 20-year, $42.3 million bond issue funded the construction of the Buckeye, Lodi and Highland libraries and the expansions of the Brunswick, Medina and Seville libraries.
A spokeswoman for the Medina County District Library said the library had money left over from the bond issue after it paid principal and interest on its debt this year, which will allow for some carryover in 2010.
The tax breaks also can be attributed to several school districts lowering collection rates on bond issues. Highland, Medina, Wads-worth and Black River school districts all reduced their rates for next year.
Brunswick City Schools also reduced the rate on its emergency levy.
Projections from Kovack’s office show the three highest-taxing districts in the county in 2010 will be Brunswick Hills Township in the Brunswick City School District, and Lafayette and Montville townships in the Medina City School District. The three lowest-taxing districts next year will be Medina city in the Buckeye Local School District, and Liverpool and York townships in the Buckeye district.
The auditor’s office lists all the new tax rates on its Web site at www.medinacountyauditor.com.
Tax bills for the first half of the year are expected to be sent out by the Medina County Treasurer’s Office in mid-January and will be due sometime in February.
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