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READERS ON VACATIONB1 PRESS Your Community newspaper serving Colerain Township, Green Township, Groesbeck, Monfort Heights, Pleasant Run, Seven Hills, White Oak E-mail: Web site: B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S We d n e s d a y, J a n u a r y 1 9 , 2 0 1 1 50¢ Officials bracing for estate tax cuts By Heidi Fallon Volume 93 Number 50 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Board business Mount Healthy Board of Education President Carole Ellis is elected president for a second term and the board changes its meeting time for 2011. The board also decided to conduct at least Ellis one meeting at each of the district’s three new school buildings this year. FULL STORY, A4 History online The Coleraine Historical Society is starting off the new year with a new website. The group is also looking for new members and new energy for upcoming projects. FULL STORY, A2 Online community Find your community’s Web site by visiting local and looking for your community’s name in the “Ohio communities” menu. You’ll find local news, sports, photos and events, tailored to where you live. You can even submit your own articles and photos using Share, our online submission tool. The possibility of losing a major chunk of funding brought dozens of township and municipal officials to Springfield Township Jan. 13. Springfield Township Administrator Mike Hinnenkamp arranged for the meeting that came one day after a similar conclave in Columbus. Those officials are comparing fiscal notes on what will happen if the state does away with the estate tax. “Republican leaders at the state level have indicated that eliminating the state’s estate tax is one of their top priorities and would like to see it repealed as soon as possible,” Hinnenkamp said. The estate tax is levied against the value of a deceased person’s gross estate less deductions and exemptions. The state taxes an estate with a net taxable value $338,333 and greater, Hinnenkamp said. In 2009, he said, there were 110,000 deaths in Ohio and only 6 percent, or 7,000, had estates that were taxed. Once collected, Ohio keeps 20 percent and the rest is given back to the community where the deceased lived. For Springfield Township, the estate tax generated $1.6 million in 2010, which is 40 percent of its general fund budget. It has budgeted $750,000 in estate tax revenues for 2011. HEIDI FALLON/STAFF Dozens of township and municipal officials met to discuss the possible loss of estate tax revenues at Springfield Township Jan. 13. Among them was David Fogelsong, Colerain Township administrator, with Mike Hinnenkamp, Springfield Township administrator who organized the discussion session Without a replacement funding source, either from the state or local taxpayers, Hinnenkamp said the only option would be cutting services. “As much as I don’t like the estate, or any additional tax, it’s going to have a devastating impact on local governments,” said township Trustee Joe Honerlaw. Colerain Township Administrator David Fogelsong said his township has been averaging $1.2 million in estate taxes the last six years. “We’ve seen revenues as high as $2 million and as low as $780,000,” Fogelsong said. “It’s the type of revenue no one can predict.” Fogelsong, like others at the Safety seminar planned Jan. 25 By Jennie Key See food? Any idea where this might be? We didn’t think so. Time to go hunting in the neighborhood to see if you can find it. Send your best guess to northwest or call 853-6287, along with your name. 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