Westerville school property taxes are now (as of March 6, 2012) the highest in our district’s 2 counties – Franklin and Delaware. The below chart was published in local newspapers in February 2012 and showed the Westerville ranking if the levy passed. All details and sources are cited.
“Gross” millage is the original millage that may have passed 50 years ago. Since the mid-1970′s, millage rates have been adjusted for changes in overall property values. The “effective” rate is the millage rate that is used to calculate your property tax bill. In the spreadsheet from the OH Dept. of Taxation website, column E, ’2011 Total Class I (Residential / Agricultural) Rate’ shows the rate used to calculate a homeowner’s school property tax rate.
As you can see, the “effective” rates in 2011 (certified by the county auditors in late 2011) were 52.09 mills for Westerville, 50.16 mills for Dublin, and 47.75 mills for Upper Arlington. With Westerville’s passage of the 6.71 mills (estimated by county auditor) school levy in March, that brings Westerville’s total to 58.80 mills. Also discovered in the information received from both county auditors (Franklin and Delaware County) was a 0.72 mill library bond levy that is included in the Westerville School property tax rate. This is not broken out in the OH Dept. of Taxation spreadsheet. However, to be accurate, we have subtracted the 0.72 mills from Westerville’s school millage 58.80, for a total effective rate of 58.08 (still higher than any other school property tax rate in Franklin and Delaware counties).