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General Fund Levy: November 7
General Fund Levy Informational Meetings

The City of Bellbrook will host two informational meetings about the proposed General Fund levy in the Council Chambers of the Bellbrook Administration Building located at 15 East Franklin Street in downtown Bellbrook.  The meetings will be held on Tuesday, October 3 from 6-8 pm and Wednesday, October 11 from 3-5 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.
 
On November 7, 2017, voters of the City of Bellbrook will be asked to vote on an additional 3.0 mill General Fund Levy.  This levy is to provide funding for police, fire, emergency medical services, and other safety needs.

Maintain High Quality Services

Keeping our local safety services up to date and high quality, is a city priority.  Investing in our city’s safety services is necessary to sustain our low crime rate and emergency response times, maintain the quality of life in Bellbrook, and address the changing needs of our community.

o Fire Department rated in the top 3% nationwide by the Insurance Services Office.
o Police Department certified by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

 

Fiscal Responsibility

The city prides itself on being fiscally conservative, responsible, and transparent.  For more information on city finances, go to the Finance page.

Conservative Leadership
o Current property taxes are $561 per year for all municipal services (police, fire, zoning, property maintenance, street improvements, storm water improvements, and the the museum based on $100,000 of taxable home value).
o No additional property tax levies have been passed by the city since 2009 (2.0 mill fire levy)
o Property tax rates have not changed since the replacement police levy passed in 2011.
o Bellbrook does not have a city income tax.

Responsible Management
o Water rates have not increased since 2011.  If rates had been increased just 2% per year, water customers would be paying $40 more per year.
o Waste collection rates have decreased from $17 per month in 2011 to $13 per month in 2017.  This has resulted in an annual savings of $48 per year for residents.
o Police and fire dispatch consolidated with local agencies, saving Bellbrook residents approximately $125,000 annually.

Transparent Reporting
o The city has a history of clean financial audits.  In 2016, the city was awarded the Auditor of State Award for a clean audit of fiscal year 2015.
o Financial records such as quarterly updates, annual budgets, and the most recent financial statement are available on the Finance page.

Service Stability

Over the last several years, cuts in state and federal funding have created a structural deficit for our city, and there is no indication this will be rectified in the future.

State Revenue down $256,000 per year
o The Local Government Fund has been reduced from $174,000 in 2010 to $87,000 in 2016 (50% reduction).

o The Estate Tax was eliminated (averaged $109,000 per year from 2007-2013).
o Personal Property Tax & Utility Deregulation Reimbursements were eliminated ($60,000 in 2010; $0 in 2016).

Investment Revenue down $137,000 per year

o Interest revenue dropped significantly with the Great Recession ($169,000 in 2007; $32,000 in 2016).

Reduction in Reserves
o If no tax increase is approved, reserves are estimated to be less than $1,000,000 in 2021.
o Current structural deficit averages $300,000 per year in the 5 year forecast.
How the Levy will be used

Add one full-time firefighter position

o Improve coverage by staffing 2 full-time firefighters for every shift.
o Part-time firefighter numbers are declining and they are difficult to hire and retain.
o Hire 1 new full-time firefighter for 24/48 hour shift.
o Change 40-hour firefighter position to 24/48 hour shift.
o Change one Captain position to 24/48 hour shift.
o Promote one Captain to Deputy Chief.
o Estimated annual cost = $130,000
Add one full-time police officer position
o The School District has requested a full-time school resource officer for the schools within the city.
o The new officer would work in the schools during the school year.  During the summer, the officer would fill shifts for vacation coverage.
o Estimated annual cost = $85,000
o The School District would reimburse a portion of this increased cost.
 
Designate funds for downtown improvements
o The downtown area needs infrastructure improvements to keep it safe and inviting for residents and visitors.
o Improvements may include sidewalks and decorative street lighting.
o Estimated annual earmark = $25,000

Maintain community policing programs, response times, and up-to-date equipment

 

Appraised Value of Property

$100,000

$150,000

$200,000

Levy Cost

$105/yr

$158/yr

$210/yr

$8.75/mo

$13.13/mo

$17.50/mo


The appraised value of property is determined by the Greene County Auditor.
Voting Information

For information on how to register to vote or where your polling location will be located on Election Day, please visit the Greene County Board of Elections website or call (937) 562-6170.

Early voting starts October 11 at the Board of Elections office located at 551 Ledbetter Road in Xenia.

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