Property owners in Medina County could see their property taxes decrease this year following millage rollbacks for bond issues and school levies.
Liverpool Township and Medina city homeowners in the Buckeye school district will see the largest decreases — approximately 3.1 percent. This equates to slightly more than a $50 savings on the annual taxes for a $100,000 home, information from the Medina County Auditor’s Office shows.
York Township, Litchfield Township and Medina city homeowners will see decreases between 2.9 percent and 3 percent.
The Medina County District Library also reduced its bond levy by 0.2 mills.
“We are very proud to have worked with our school districts throughout the county to reduce bond and emergency levies,” county Auditor Mike Kovack said in a statement. “Medina County is very fortunate to have districts that aggressively push their millage rates down when they are able.”
Brunswick Schools led the way, trimming 2.6 mills from five different levies. That amount was enough to reduce taxes for property owners in the school district, despite voters passing a 2.3-mill bond levy in November to construct new middle schools.
Medina Schools reduced millage by 1.7 mills from three levies, while both Buckeye and Highland districts reduced millage by 1.5 mills each.
Although millage was reduced elsewhere, Highland voters passed a 3.9-mill bond issue in November, which will increase property taxes.
Lafayette Township voters also passed a bond issue for fire station construction of 2.5 mills, causing tax increases of about 3.3 percent across most of the township.
Hinckley will see the highest increase in taxes, about 6 percent, due to a new 1-mill fire/EMS levy combined with the Highland bond issue.
Montville Township continues to have the highest property tax rate in the county, coming in at 67.52 mills. With its new bond issue, Lafayette Township moves up to the second highest township tax rate at 66.48 mills. Lafayette passed Medina Township, now third on the list at 66.43 mills.
Medina city comes in at 63.37 mills and Brunswick Hills Township rounds out the top tax rates at 65.39 mills. Westfield Center has the lowest tax rate in the county at 46.89 mills.
Property owners wishing to check on tax bills and values may do so at the auditor’s website, www.medinacountyauditor.org.