Butler Co. refunds $1 million back to local school districts and townships

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -- Local school districts and townships in Butler County are getting some unexpected relief --  Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds announced Monday that he's charging less money in levy service fees paid to his office.

That means $1 million dollars is being released back  into the community and divided among townships and districts based on the amount of fees they initially had to pay. 
Local school district received 64 percent of the $1million, with the Lakota School District receiving nearly $238,000.
"It's no secret that Lakota schools is struggling financially, while 238,000 does not solve all of our budget problems,  every little bit helps," said Lakota Treasurer Jenni Logan.
Logan says the surplus funds from the auditor's office could mean more teachers in the classroom.
"238,000 equates to about four teaching positions, so hopefully that would help us maintain four teaching positions," Logan said.
Logan say the auditor's announcement is welcome news to a district that seen layoffs, bus cuts and levy failures in recent months.
"It's nice to be able to deliver some good new for a change and say here's some expenditures that we won't have to see," Logan said.
Liberty Township is also receiving $20,000, Township trustee Christine Matacic say while the amount might seem like a drop in the bucket for their $19 million budget, every dollar makes a difference.
"We look at every dollar, every dollar counts, in providing the services for our residents," Matacic said.  "It's a good thing for our tax payers." 
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