The deadline to pay the first half of property taxes was March 18, and county Treasurer Nancy Nix said her office has collected $304.3 million this year compared to $277.6 million a year ago, which was a a 9.6% increase. She said this was “highest real estate tax collection ever.”
“As far as collections go, there has been no noticeable increase in delinquencies,” Nix said. “In fact, our billings for first half increased 8% but our collections increased 9.62%, probably somewhat due to the continued federal government stimulus checks.”
Her office has begun dispersing the tax dollars to the various school districts, cities, townships and other taxing bodies.
The county property tax jump is due in part to the state-mandated 2020 property reassessment. All 165,000 Butler County parcels were reassessed last year and increases vary by neighborhood according to recent sales data. The state ordered an average 20% increase, and Reynolds is battling that amount on appeal.
Property in all counties is reappraised every six years, and property values are updated every third year. Butler County was among 13 Ohio counties required to reappraise last year.
Not everyone’s taxes increased because the values were adjusted, the biggest impact is where new levies were passed. Hamilton voters approved a new 3.9-mill road levy that will cost roughly $136 for a $100,000 home. St. Clair Twp. won an additional 3.5-mill continuing operating levy that will cost $103 a year for the owner of an average home there. West Chester Twp. voters approved two new 2-mill levies for police and fire. The owner of a $200,000 home will pay a little less than the estimate of $336.