County auditor ‘Levy Estimator’ is available online  | Local News


JEFFERSON — Ashtabula County voters can discover how levies on the May 4 ballot will impact their tax bill, thanks to the Levy Estimator now available on the auditor’s website. 

The May 4 primary ballot will have 10 tax issues on it, Coutny Auditor David Thomas said.

“Our estimator allows homeowners to see more information on the levies this election,” he said. “The Levy Estimator page allows residents to see what is a renewal, additional or replacement levy and what those mean for tax collection.”

On the May ballot some residents will not see any levies while others may see multiple requests for funds from local entities. A full list can be found on the Auditor’s webpage or the Ashtabula County Board of Elections website.

There are three types of levies:

• Renewal levies extend existing levies at the same millage rate, meaning no increase in taxes to the homeowner.

• Replacement levies change existing levies’ reduced millage rates back to the full rate. These types of levies increase tax liability.

• New or additional levies generate tax revenue through new levies, raising the total effective tax rate for a given district and increasing the homeowner’s tax burden.

There are five additional levies on the ballot in the county, one replacement levy and four renewal levies. Residents can view educational videos recorded by Thomas, explaining the millage rates and amounts. Residents can ask questions of the auditor’s office or contact their local government entities directly, as well with questions for the purpose and use of the funds.

Thomas encourages residents to visit their property tax page on the auditor’s website to see the exact amount renewal levies are charging on their tax bill. Additional or replacement levies can be viewed through the tax estimator.

“The formula for new levies is relatively simple,” Thomas said. “Take your appraised value, multiply it by 35 percent, then multiply the millage amount and divide by 1,000.”

For a $100,000 home in the Plymouth Township district for example, the Ashtabula Area City Schools additional 3.8-mill current expense levy will cost that resident an additional $133 while the township’s 5-mill fire and emergency services levy will add $175, according to the auditor’s office.

The 2020 state mandated revaluation values for properties will be used for the estimator as those values were effective for Jan. 1, 2020. Any changes that property owners have during 2021, such as demolition of a structure, damage or additions should be shared with the auditor’s office to update values for 2021.

To learn more about levies and property owner’s tax liabilities, residents are encouraged to visit the Ashtabula County Auditor’s website at www.auditor.ashtabulacounty.us or call 440-576-3783 to ask questions. The Levy Estimator is available on the Auditor’s website homepage.

 

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