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Brookfield schools plan 1 percent income tax levy



Published: Sun, August 5, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

BROOKFIELD

The Brookfield Board of Education has voted to place a 1 percent, 5-year income tax on the fall election ballot to offset projected budget deficits. The levy would generate $1.4 million annually.

The Ohio Department of Education placed the district in fiscal watch in 2006.

Since then, the district has cut programs, staff and reduced spending, but additional state funding cuts and increases in operating costs have created a financial hardship, the district said.

A committee consisting of district administrators, board of education members, parents and residents arrived at $525,000 in cuts by eliminating six teaching positions and 12.5 classified staff members.

The committee also formulated a five-year plan to erase the district’s current budget deficit, replace aging buses, buy new textbooks and reverse the staffing cuts, the district said.

“The state of Ohio has failed this district and others across the state,” said Tim Saxton, Brookfield superintendent. “The funding formula in place does not provide us with revenues to become fiscally stable, and therefore we have no choice but to look to our local residents.

“The school district is headed in a positive direction and we are grateful for our new facility. However, the monies necessary to provide a 21st century learning environment go beyond brick and mortar costs.”

The tax would not affect anyone on a fixed income such as Social Security, and it includes a senior-citizen credit of $50.


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1Boar7734(66 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The notation that seniors would not be paying the income tax is only true if you file single with a AGI (Adjusted Gross Earnings) below $25,000 and those earnings come from social security and other combined income (pension, interest, dividends, IRA/401(k) distributions). However if you are a senior and file with combined earnings of $25,000 to $34,000 you pay tax on 50% of your social security and if over $34,000 you pay tax on 85% of your social security. (a joint return and the numbers are $34,000 to $44,000 tax on 50% on social security earnings and if over $44,000 you pay tax on 85%) Brookfield pays 51.85 mills for school taxes currently. The 1% income tax was adopted instead of adding 9.13 mills. I encourage homeowners to be sure they have filed the Homestead Exception credit for seniors over 65 with the Trumbull Auditor. Hopefully more information will be available as to the rationale of wage taxing residents and having non-residents workers excluded (Google PDF Guide to Ohio’s School District Income Tax) vs having all resident and corporation property subject to the additional mills.

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2southsidedave(4840 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, good luck with any new taxes...stay tuned

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