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District News

August 21, 2017

Sylvania Community Members,

There has been a great deal of discussion in the community about the District’s standing practice of challenging property values only in situations when a significant increase in fair market value occurs.  Here are a few important things you need to know:

  • We are not seeking to collect 2016 taxes payable prior to your purchase of the property. If you received a letter and would like to find out more information on how to resolve your case specifically, please contact the Board representative, Mr. Michael Bragg at 419-252-6240.
  • The Lucas County Auditor collects property taxes one year in arrears. This means that real estate taxes billed in 2017 are taxes for the calendar year 2016 which is why that year is referenced.  This is an administrative function of the Lucas County Auditor’s office.
  • This policy was put in place as a measure to protect the real estate values of the entire District.  
  • When the District’s real estate value declines, either through the valuation or through challenges by homeowners through the Board of Revision process to decrease their property’s value, our amount collected through levies will decline and that decline is permanent.  That reduced collection figure will remain in place even if the collective real estate value increases in the future.  The District will thus never collect the millage passed by the local voters while still subject to the decreased funding from the State.  The ultimate result may be seeking increased funds sooner to replace those funds which have been permanently lost from the decrease in property values.
  • Residents have the ability to challenge their home’s value when they believe they have purchased it for an amount less than the auditor’s appraised value.  Sylvania Schools is asking the Lucas County Board of Revision to review values only of homes that sold in excess of $50,000 of the auditor’s appraised value.

Sylvania Schools values its partnership with the community of Sylvania. In fairness to the entire Sylvania tax base and ALL taxpayers, it is important that the Board of Education supports this policy that preserves property values which protect the financial resources for students.  

Our mission as a school district is to prepare students to be lifelong learners and engaged citizens. This is accomplished by consistently striving to be an exceptional public school district that teaches and inspires students to contribute to society in meaningful and compassionate ways.  In today’s ever-changing educational world, this mission has become more challenging with high financial expectations placed on public schools with decreasing support from the State of Ohio.  The students of Sylvania Schools continue to be our most important priority.  It is critical to protecting all of our approved resources in order to maintain existing programs and provide new educational opportunities.