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State change means taxpayers could pay more for levies

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(Toledo News Now) -

A big change was made to property taxes when it comes to levies and many residents may not even know about it.

Springfield Township residents had their ears open Wednesday as Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez explained state changes that affect anyone in Ohio paying property taxes.

As a result of the new state budget, a 10 percent and 2.5 percent rollback, or tax reductions, were cut. These cuts affect only levies that are new or ask for additional dollars, and they take effect this January.

In Lucas County, a Toledo Public Schools levy will not be affected because it is not a new tax. Issue 19 and Springfield Local Schools, however, will be affected.

The change results in the state not paying 12.5 percent total toward the amount of the levy, and property owners will now foot the entire bill.

"[Taxpayers are] going to be paying more than what they thought they were," said Sylvania Township Trustee Kevin Haddad. "Most people pass a levy, it might go up $20 or $30 or $100-150. Now it's going to be going up $50 or $200."

Haddad is a member of the township association. He believes the changes will result in more people voting no on levies.

"You're going to see a lot of people saying no because they're keeping the money at the top and not distributing at the bottom end, and taking all that income at the top and making more corporate government, and it's just hurting the people who are just trying to struggle to pay their bills," he said.

To see information on proposed levies and how much it may cost you, visit the Lucas County website.

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