October 21, 2012
The amount of property taxes Delaware County residents pay to the county next year will remain the same as this year following a Thursday decision by Delaware County commissioners.
In a 2-0 vote, Commissioners Ken O’Brien and Dennis Stapleton agreed to keep a property tax “rollback” — the amount of property taxes commissioners opt not to collect, even though they are legally allowed to — at 1 mill. Commissioner Tommy Thompson was absent.
The rollback had been as high as 1.8 mills until 2010, when O’Brien, Thompson and former commissioner Todd Hanks voted to reduce to its current 1-mill level to help offset a projected budget deficit.
Last year, Thompson pushed to eliminate the entire rollback, but his proposal was voted down by O’Brien and Hanks. Thursday’s vote sets the county’s base property tax rate at 1.9 mills, which will raise an estimated $12.1 million for county operations, which costs property owners $158.18 per $100,000 of property value, according to calculations from the Delaware County Auditor’s Office.
County residents’ actual property tax levels are also determined by local levies, which include local school systems, the Delaware County District Library, the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Council for Older Adults, among other agencies.