Road & Bridge Revenues
Sources of Revenue
Did you know that Miami Township does not receive the bulk of your property taxes? Miami Township is the third largest recipient of property taxes at roughly 15% of your total tax bill. Once township taxes are received, they are further divided by department according to the inside and outside millage levies. Miami Township Road & Bridge operates from a 2.32 mill inside levy for its top funding source. Inside levies do not typically expire and are not voted on by the general public.
Below is a sample breakdown of how property tax monies are divided for a parcel located in the West Carrollton City School District. For every $1.00 dollar collected from your property taxes each year, the Miami Township's Road & Bridge Fund currently receives $.0182 or less than 2 cents.Properties located in other school districts (Miamisburg, Carlisle) within Miami Township have similar breakdowns. All Montgomery County property owners can view details on their property tax levy distribution by visiting the Montgomery County Auditor's website. Click Here to begin a property search through the County webpage. Once you have located your property through searching by address, owner name or parcel, click on the Levy Distribution tab on the left side of the page. A sample property's levy distribution can be viewed Here.
Road & Bridge Fund property tax revenues have decreased dramatically over the past decade. In 2009, the department received $1.734 Million in property tax revenues compared to $1.366 Million in 2017. Miami Township did attempt to fill the gap of the decline in revenues by introducing a roadway resurfacing levy in 2015 and again in 2016. Each attempt to generate additional revenues to be used strictly for roadway resurfacing failed to secure a majority of votes. More information regarding the failed levy attempts can be viewed below.
Motor Vehicle License and Registration Taxes
Miami Township receives tax revenues from motor vehicle registrations through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OBMV). All passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes, trailers, etc., registered by residents of Miami Township generate much needed revenue for roadway maintenance, but you must state you are a resident of Miami Township to the deputy registrar at the time of registration. If not, our monies may go to the cities of Centerville, Dayton, Miamisburg, West Carrollton, Moraine or Carlisle. The Township currently receives roughly $250,000 in motor vehicle license registration/ renewal tax revenues to be used for roadway maintenance.
In April of 2016, the Township began taking the necessary steps to enact an additional $5.00 supplemental license tax fee in attempt to compensate for the nearly $400,000 per year reduction in property tax revenues since 2009. Two public hearings were held by the Board of Trustees prior to the adoption of formal legislation. Many local jurisdictions have already enacted this additional tax for vehicle registrations. The additional fee for registrations began in 2017 and 100% of the revenue generated goes to Miami Township. Click Here to read how all Motor Vehicle Registration Permissive License Tax Fees are collected and distributed to government agencies.
According to ORC Section 4504.18, the funds generated from the license registration fees shall be used “for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance and repair of township roads, bridges and culverts; for purchasing, erecting and maintaining traffic signs, markers, lights and signals; for purchasing road machinery and equipment, and planning, constructing and maintaining suitable buildings to house such equipment”.
Miami Township receives a portion of the state's tax on motor vehicle fuel consumption. The Township receives a portion of the taxes collected based on the number of gallons purchased by consumers and not the price per gallon at the pump. Miami Township receives approximately $190,000 per year from this revenue source to be used for roadway related expenses. The overall increase in fuel efficiency and use of alternative fuels have caused a slight decline in yearly revenues generated from gasoline taxes. Click Here to view Miami Township's estimated 2018-20 Gasoline Tax revenues in relation to other government agencies located within Montgomery County.
Austin Landing Facts
Austin Landing is located in southern Miami Township, just north of Austin Boulevard and east of Interstate 75. It is a mixed use development that is planned to contain multiple corporate offices, retail, hospitality, entertainment and residential uses. The project includes several public amenities, including a public park and recreational trails.
The Austin Landing development does contain public roadways and a public park, but Miami Township Public Works staff does NOT perform work in Austin Landing. The public amenities are funded by using TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) revenues and JEDD (Joint Economic Development District) revenues. Austin Landing is NOT funded by using resident's property tax revenues. The site is under a maintenance agreement for the property's developer to fund, manage and maintain all private and public features including: roadway maintenance and resurfacing, curbs, pavement markings, cross walks, snow removal, street sweeping, sidewalks, traffic signals storm water systems, landscape and irrigation systems, recreational amenities and park maintenance
TIF and JEDD revenues generated from Austin Landing DO support Miami Township departments and projects and DO offset revenue losses from the elimination of several taxing sources including tangible personal property taxes and estate taxes. Townships in Ohio do not collect sales tax and cannot impose an income tax on property owners.
Austin Boulevard Landscape Management
The Miami Township Public Works Director has been managing the landscaping improvements along Austin Boulevard and the I-75 interchange for the past 3 years.This area is within the Austin Center JEDD and this JEDD owns all the landscaping and irrigation along Austin Boulevard from just east of SR 741 to Byers Road. The Public Works Director is contracted through the JEDD to manage an independent landscaping firm. The Director then bills the JEDD for project management services and earns up to $25,000 each year for the Road & Bridge Fund.
Income and Sales Taxes
In Ohio, Townships do not levy an income tax on residents. If you live and work in a Township, you will pay no income tax (assuming your business is not located within a Joint Economic Development District). In addition, Ohio Townships do not receive any money from sales tax. So even though Miami Township is one of the largest economic generators of sales tax in Montgomery County, the Township does not receive any of this money.
Road & Bridge Resurfacing Levy Attempts
Election Update: November 3, 2015
The Miami Township Streets, Roads and Bridges 2.0 Mill Levy was voted down by the residents 3,710 to 3,296 on November 2nd. Miami Township remains committed to supporting the need for improved roadway infrastructure and will be assessing election results for future decisions.
Election Update: March 17, 2016
The Miami Township Streets, Roads and Bridges 2.0 Mill Levy was again voted down by the residents 3,916 to 3,622 on March 15th. Miami Township will be assessing the Road & Bridge Fund budget due to the lack of financial support, but adjustments in yearly programs and activities must be made in order to balance a budget losing roughly $450,000 per year in property tax revenue.
A 3 month Financial, Efficiency and Management Audit of the Public Works Department was completed in the Spring of 2015 by Mosaic Strategic Partners. The independent Audit Analysis determined a 2.0 Mill Roadway Resurfacing Levy was needed to adequately maintain Miami Township's roadway network. Mosaic's Audit Presentation can be viewed by clicking Here. Two Public Input Meetings were held by the Board of Trustees at various locations in the Township regarding potential placement of this levy on the November 2015 Election Ballot. The first levy attempt failed and in January 2016, the Board of Trustees elected to place the levy back on the ballot for the March 2016 Election. Unfortunately, this second attempt failed.
A brief informational summary can be viewed Here regarding the Street Levy proposal.