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Reality Check: Why school levies keep failing

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(FOX19) - These days money is tight and it seems like everyone needs more than what they have.

Voters in West Clermont are about to be asked to vote for a property tax levy as well as taxpayers in the Lakota and Little Miami districts.

In fact, its easier to list the districts that are not asking for more money than the ones that are.

But over the past few years, voters haven't been very accommodating about raising their own property tax.  Take for instance, the Mt. Healthy District.

Less than 2 weeks ago, the Mt. Healthy School district placed a levy on the special election ballot hoping to bring in almost 3 million dollars a year.

Voters rejected it.  They also rejected that same levy last November and in February.

So I wanted to see, just how tapped out are taxpayers?  What are they paying for already?

Take a look at these numbers from the Hamilton County Auditors office.  The owner of a $100,000 dollar home in Mt. Healthy already pays:

$68.71  County general fund, $10.34   Family services & treatment, $48.81   Health / hospital care - indigent, $45.15   County Information Center-police, $50.58 Children services, $27.29  Senior services, $9.72  Zoological park, $4.60  Museum levy, $23.88  Hamilton County Park District, $30.40 Cincinnati-Hamilton County Public Library, $107.94  Mental Health levy for developmental disabilities, and $1,273.44  Mt. Healthy School District

The Mt. Healthy School District covers 4 different townships.  Each of those townships include different tax rates for city and townships, so the total tax burden on a homeowner in the Mt. Healthy School District on a $100, 000 dollar home is between $2,069.51 and $2,611.23 every year.

The owner of a $200,000 dollar home pays twice that.

Here's what you need to know.

The problem with all these little increases in taxes, is that it isn't just taxes hurting people.  The cost of gasoline is very high and the cost of everything else is going up including the cost of clothing and food.  Right now everything is more expensive and all the while you probably haven't had raise in years.

The U.S. misery index is very high.  If you don't know what that is, the misery index is a score given based on the unemployment rate along with the rate of inflation.  Right now, the U.S. score is 12.76, the highest it has been since 1980.

Everybody needs more money but that also includes homeowners here in the tri-state who are having a harder and harder time just trying to make ends meet.

And that is Reality Check.

http://www.miseryindex.us/customindexbyyear.asp

http://www.hcauditor.org/pdf/re_100k2011.pdf

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