Several Butler County school districts have received six-figure refunds from the Butler County Auditor’s Office.
Districts that received the refunds include:
- Lakota Local Schools: $462,480
- Fairfield City Schools: $229,570
- Middletown City Schools: $129,466
- Hamilton City Schools: $118,232
A total of $2 million was recently returned by the Butler County Auditor’s Office to all taxing jurisdictions in the county.
“Speaking personally, I’d rather my tax money go toward a real need and not administrative costs,” Auditor Roger Reynolds said. “We continue to prove the size of government can be reduced and still operate at a high level.”
For calculating and distributing real estate tax collections to local governments, the state legislature sets the fee that county auditors collect from levy funds to pay for administrative costs as well as much of the real estate operations of county auditor offices.
Reynolds said when he took office in 2008 the auditor’s budget for the real estate department was $4 million he has cut that in half by automating tasks and making other changes that require fewer personnel.
The Butler County Auditor’s Office over the past eight years has returned $10 million to taxing districts.