Amberley Village Police Levy: Issue 6

Amberley Village voters will be asked to consider a renewal of the Amberley Village Police Levy on May 3, 2022. The FAQs, articles and links on this page are intended to assist voters in gathering information regarding Issue 6.  Questions?  Contact Amberley Village Administration at 513-531-8675, and plan to attend the Community Open House event at the Amberley Village Municipal Building on Thursday, April 28!

Issue 6 FAQs

Monies generated from the 5-year Police Levy, renewed at 8 mills, will generate an estimated $1.3 million per year. This is a dedicated source of funds that can only be utilized for Police Department operations, which is why the ballot language contains a description of how the funds can be used (see What is the ballot language for Issue 6? below)

The 2017 levy, which reduced the Police Levy by 20%, expires in December of 2022.  The Village relies on levy funding as the only dedicated funding source for our Police Department, with the remaining balance coming from the General Fund.

The Police expenditures in 2021 were $3.7 million. The Village’s General Fund provided $2.4 million of this total.  A high percentage of Police funding comes out of the General Fund, so the Levy is relied upon for the remaining $1.3 million to ensure our Police Department is able to maintain its current level of service and personnel.

Following is a replica of the language as generated by the Hamilton County Board of Elections.  Residents can also click the “Check my voter registration” button above to view a sample ballot beginning 46 days prior to Election Day.

Because the levy is a renewal, homeowners will pay the same amount as they did between 2018 and 2022. Issue 6 will not raise your taxes.

As a renewal levy, if approved, it would take effect in 2023.

While the primary election for candidates has been postponed due to conflicts with apportionment, municipal and county issues will still be on the ballot for the May 3 primary election. Learn more at the Hamilton County Board of Elections website via the button below.

Board of Elections Website

The levy will cost the same as what you currently pay.  This information is available via the Hamilton County Auditor by clicking on the button below:

Hamilton County Auditor

Once at the site, enter your street number and name, and you will be redirected to a new page.  Then, click on “Levy Information” on the right side of the page, under the title, “I Want To…”

The bottom of the page that comes up when you click on Levy Information gives you a summary of all levies on the upcoming ballot, along with the estimated annual tax:

The Police Levy will:

  1.  Maintain the current levels of Police services to residents
  2.  Provide a reliable funding source
  3.   Generate $1.3 million per year, or 36% of the Police Department’s 2022 budget

The 2017 renewal levy was passed by 85% of Amberley Village voters.

The following chart shows the distribution of property taxes for all Hamilton County residents:

But did you know the Auditor’s website can show you the specific distribution amounts based upon your property value?  Visit the Hamilton County Auditor’s Site via the button below:

Hamilton County Auditor

Then, under “I Want To…” click on Tax Distributions as shown here:

From there, the site will display an overview of the total dollar amounts contributed by category based upon the most recent tax bill calculation for your address.

Above:  Amberley Village Police Chief Richard Wallace salutes at a recent Police Memorial Service in downtown Cincinnati.

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