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    Posted: Dec 14 2009 at 1:20pm
Butler County Auditor Reynolds says that the Middletown properties have devalued by 8.5%. Middletown has the highest devaluation. Imagine that! Looks like even the tax man is feeling sorry for us here in town with all of our welfare programs in place. (Thanks city leaders!) Might get a lower house payment out of this one, at the expense of losing more resale value in the house. Some trade off, huh?
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I seen another empty house today with a sign in the yard "section 8 welcome". Well at least the slum lords can start buying up houses at a good discount with the devaluation in place. Disapprove
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Anyone get their home reappraisal in the mail yesterday from Auditor Reynolds? My reappraisal was significantly lower than what I paid for the house in 2005. Now...... will the property taxes go down proportionately, requiring less in the escrow and lowering my house payment? I will also contact my insurance company to discuss lowering the insurance premium, since it's valued lower. I will expect to see a letter in the mail soon from my bank saying as much. If not, they can expect a visit.
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Vet looks like your taxes may be going up or staying about the Same, if the Library and Picard have their way:
 

Library trustees move to collect $3.2M annually

By Ryan Gauthier, Staff Writer
8:56 PM Thursday, January 28, 2010

MIDDLETOWN— The Middletown Public Library Board of Trustees have officially decided to put a 0.75-mill tax levy on May ballot.

Trustees voted 5-0 in favor of the levy during a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 28, opting to go for 0.75 mills to offset what Board President James VonderHaar called a “double whammy” in funding cuts.

“Our funding has been pretty flat, and we don’t see that changing based on the projections for the state general tax revenue,” VonderHaar said. “We’re trying to get back to the level we were at before the cuts and hoping we can stay at that level.”

The approved millage would generate approximately $3.23 million annually for a five year period. That amounts to around $22.97 every year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Library Director Doug Bean said taxpayers in Wayne Twp., Madison Twp., Lemon Twp., Liberty Twp., West Chester Twp., Seven Mile, Middletown, Trenton and Monroe would all be included in the levy, if approved.

The levy will need approval from Middletown City Council, the library’s taxing authority, before it can be submitted to the Butler County Board of Elections. Bean said he plans on speaking before council members during their Feb. 2 meeting.

Councilman Dan Picard, who serves as liaison to the board, urged trustees to go for the 0.75-mill levy instead of a 0.7-mill version if they were worried about state funding cuts further down the road.

“It’s not like you’re going to be able to get a second bite at the apple next year,” Picard said.

He addressed growing concern his fellow council members — namely A.J. Smith and Josh Laubach — could take issue with the levy coming before them as an emergency ordinance, advising library officials to put together as much information as possible and have it included in council’s Feb. 2 meeting packet.

“Hopefully that will help alleviate any anxiety these two men have,” Picard said. “Make a short, concise presentation to council, and then hopefully, they will be glad to move forward with emergency legislation.”

 
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Originally posted by VietVet VietVet wrote:

Anyone get their home reappraisal in the mail yesterday from Auditor Reynolds? My reappraisal was significantly lower than what I paid for the house in 2005. Now...... will the property taxes go down proportionately, requiring less in the escrow and lowering my house payment? I will also contact my insurance company to discuss lowering the insurance premium, since it's valued lower. I will expect to see a letter in the mail soon from my bank saying as much. If not, they can expect a visit.
What a mixed bag. I'll pay a little less in taxes but selling at a reasonable price? I'd probably  lose my donkey!!
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In defense of Middletown, Homes all over the country have went down. Unfortunately, here they have went down much more.
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QUESTIONS:

1)  How effective have the Community Revitalization Department's plans/programs been:
 
a)  in stabilizing many of Middletown's residential neighborhoods (not just Ward 2)?
b)  in stabilizing declining property values and comprehensively solving deferred property maintenance (not just "PR tidbits" from Miss Judy and Doug at City Council meetings)?
c)  in allocating MILLIONS in HUD funds based upon the highest and best use of limited taxpayer dollars?
 
What say you?
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Why does Vonderhaar think that the library needs to "get back to the level we were at before the cuts"? Everyone is cutting back..... companies, small businesses, service industry folks, and private citizens. Why does Vonderhaar think his little library is special and deserves the full ride on funding?

Did Picard, as the 4th Ward council rep, ask the people living in his area how they feel and how he should vote or did he just blurt out his own stance on this? ( I'm guessing the latter approach) Guess he hasn't realized it's really not his call, but rather, his constituents wishes.

Oh, and I like the little comment ... "hopefully, this may alleviate any anxiety these two men have". Are we now talking down to your fellow councilmembers, Picard? A rather pompous attitude isn't it? You can sure tell which camp this guy is in can't you?
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Vet  - Don't count those extra dollars yet. You know as well as I do that when they know we'll be saving a buck some other type of "emergency levy" will hit the ballot in order to get that money your saving on property taxes.
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I opened my letter from the auditor last evening.  Our house was devalued over 21%.
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Ours went down 8.9%.  Not a good thing for anyone living in Middletown or the area.

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Go check the records, houses on the rich side 0f Curryer are at 213 Kk including 1.3 acres. Outrageous and entirely below what most are getting. I'm putting my appeal together with phitos and spreadsheet. The Akers on Rosedale who own packaging have over an acre at about $41 Kk. My numbers on these houses reflect the right to drive my value down about $65 Kk which I fully intend to do, and encourage others to do the same. Look at sq ft and cost per lot and you'll find how the adjustments were inaccurately applied. Really upsetting. Within .10 mile of me, I have 15 houses to use and property across the street 35% below the value of mine, same size. Do your homework, you'll find much lower prices assessed.
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