Streets Levy

City of Beavercreek residents will vote on a 2.15 mills street levy during the November 2022 election. Funds generated by the levy will be used to maintain and increase service levels with respect to the city’s streets, which would include the hiring of 5 additional employees. This proposed measure would raise property taxes beginning in 2023 by $75.25 per $100,000 of appraised value.

What will the street levy provide?

  • Funds generated from the street levy will be used to hire 5 additional public service employees to help address increasing maintenance requirements 
    • The number of public service workers has not changed in more than 20 years
  • Additional funding to maintain the city’s street resurfacing program at its current pace 
  • Additional equipment to address increased number of roadways and maintenance requests

What will it cost? 

  • A 2.15-mill continuous street levy would raise property taxes beginning in 2023 by $75.25 per $100,000 of appraised value 

Where will funds from the levy go? 

  • Funds generated from 2.15 mills street levy will go toward streets levy fund, the city’s primary streets operating fund
  • The streets levy fund is primarily funded through property taxes 
  • About 21% of expenses from the street levy fund goes toward personnel costs, including 37 full-time employees within the city’s public services and engineering divisions, the remaining portion of the budget goes toward capital, contractual, and commodities 
  • Other expenses in the streets levy fund include capital improvement projects, street maintenance, snow and ice control, weed and grass control, vehicles and equipment, and stormwater maintenance

Why another street levy?

  • Additional funding is needed to keep up with inflationary factors
  • Cost of commodities, such as asphalt, fuel, and utilities, have significantly increased
  • Service levels required to maintain 577 lane miles throughout the city have increased 
  • The city’s other levies and capital funds (Capital Improvement Funds) are restricted to only capital improvements and matching grant funds, therefore cannot be used for street operations

How is inflation impacting street projects? 

  • In 2022, six projects totaled nearly $2.2 million, or 35.6%, over the city’s budget for road projects 
  • City canceled $1.2 million resurfacing project along North Fairfield Road to offset overages of four other street projects planned for 2022 
  • Price of salt used to treat city roadways has increased - city paid $53.14 per ton for salt in 2021, price increased to $86.81 per ton in 2022 

When was the last time the city requested new funding for streets? 

  • The last additional street levy request was in 2016 and was projected for a five-year funding cycle
  • Economic conditions affect a levy’s cycle primarily due to inflationary factors
  • At the beginning of a levy cycle, levy revenues exceed expenditures until inflationary factors cause expenses to outpace funds generated by levy
  • Once expenses exceed a levy’s revenue, the city uses funds that accumulated at the beginning of the levy cycle to balance the budget 
  • Due to the levy cycle effect, the city’s street levy fund shows expenditures are outpacing revenue by $2.6 million in its 2022 budget, projections show this trend will continue without additional funding

City levies explained:

  • City voted levies are fixed, meaning the amount the city receives from voted levies does not change based on the county auditor’s reappraisal or home value
  • Levy revenues can grow based on new properties added; historically, levy revenues grow on average less than 2% per year
  • Per city policy and governmental accounting standards, a 20% fund balance is required to be maintained, which allows for unexpected expenses or emergencies such as the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes

Public Service Staffing

Click here to read an article about public service staffing levels published on page 2 of the 2021 Winter Beavercreek In Touch. 

Demand for Services

Click here to read an article about the city's increase in demand for services published on the front page of the 2022 Spring Beavercreek In Touch.