Making sense of local taxes in Beavercreek, Ohio

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Note:   Some of the information on this website was current as of calendar year 2012, but some dates back to 2008 or earlier.  I no longer keep it up to date, but to my knowledge everything written here was accurate and current when I posted it.

Purpose of this website:  I lived in Beavercreek for nearly 20 years and tried to understand how local tax levies actually work, to help me decide how to vote on proposed new or renewal levies.  There were no simple answers to a lot of the questions I had, so I began writing down on this website what I learned by talking with other residents, with public officials, and with the Greene County Auditor's Office, and by reading whatever I could find related to the subject. 

School taxes vs. city taxes:  The Beavercreek School District and the City of Beavercreek are two separate entities, and have completely separate tax levies.  School taxes have nothing to do with city operations, and city taxes have nothing to do with school district operations.  I occasionally participated in school board forums and city council meetings, but I was never a member or employee of either organization.

Where the tax dollars go
Philosophy:  I believe the primary responsibility of public officials is to minimize the long-term cost of public services relative to established performance standards.  That means:
  • Employing and retaining the right mix of people to provide public services
  • Providing the tools, training, and other support those people need to optimize their effectiveness
  • Investing in facilities and equipment that will meet the public's needs for a long time rather than a short time
  • Providing the maintenance and repair those assets need to reach their intended service life
  • Effectively managing the purchase and use of utilities, fuel, insurance, supplies, and all other "costs of doing business"
  • Providing publicly-visible accounting of all financial plans, all budgets, and all expenses, directly linked to specific requirements
I support tax levies when the facts show those levies to be necessary to provide public services at a minimum long-term cost relative to established performance standards.  (That doesn't mean "cheaper" levies are better--they may well be more expensive in the long run if, for example, they don't provide enough money to perform necessary maintenance.  Public officials are responsible for documenting those kinds of facts in their financial plans and levy requests.)  I oppose tax levies when the facts do not meet that criteria.

I support public officials when the facts show those officials have actively worked to minimize the long-term cost of public services relative to established performance standards.  I oppose public officials when the facts show otherwise.

This web site was intended to document facts relevant to those voting decisions.  I no longer keep the website up to date, but will leave it on line until there's a reason to do otherwise.

Dean Vinson