“Hamilton City School district is always looking for innovative opportunities to enhance student experiences and provide career-related options. Hamilton City School district and the merger with Butler Tech allow Hamilton students top priority to a broad range of programming opportunities that were not available prior to the merger,” the statement said.
“It should be noted that the taxes collected for bonded debt in the Hamilton City School district decreased by a half mill on the current tax bill, which softened the increase by approximately 25 percent.”
The amount of the new Butler Tech tax varies according to a taxpayer’s property value, but Nix provided an example. The owner of a $212,000 home in Hamilton saw a $93 annual increase in school taxes, she said.
Without the half-mill decrease in Hamilton Schools’ bonded debt, the tax increase would have been $125, officials said.
Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds said that “the schools provided the window of opportunity to ask questions … and challenge the tax increase but unfortunately no one questioned it.”
Hamilton and Butler Tech officials said that “ultimately, the decision will be positive to present and future generations of Hamilton City School graduates as the merger provides 21st-century experiences for students in a career-oriented educational setting.”