How Much Will That Tax Cost Me? Here's the Formula

The November election means tax issues for Avon and Avon Lake will be on the ballot. Here's how taxes are determined based on your home value in Lorain County.

Figuring out how much a tax will cost a property owner, based on millage, can be confusing. We asked treasurer Autumn Streng to explain how taxes are figured per $100,000 valuation.  

The formula, which would work for any Lorain County millage, is based on home valuation, an assessed rate, millage and a rollback. Millage is determined after it is determined how much money the levy needs to generate (for example, $XX million per year for operating expenses, equipment or a new school building.)

Millage is determined the , which can also provides property owners with a valuation.

Avon Lake School District is placing a 9.02 mill levy on the November ballot that is expected to cost homeowners $268 per $100,000 valuation. The five-year emergency levy is for operating expenses. 

The Avon School District will try, for a third time, to help construct a new middle school.

Avon Lake is also seeking to put back on the November ballot after it was narrowly defeated in the August special election. If approved, the levy will cost property owners $61.25 per $100,000 valuation.

Here’s how taxes are determined based on a set millage. The example below uses 9.04 mills as an example:


market value



assessed rate (35%)



assessed value






assessed value






rollback (12.5%)



tax due (per $100,000 home valuation)

Kristen LePrevost May 03, 2013 at 06:15 PM
I was referring to the formulas the state uses to determine how much money each district gets...that cannot be changed by request....and yes Myron..we all are well aware that you don't have a single extra dollar to spare towards anything and are having to sell your house and leave Avon Lake because it's too expensive to live here but you can't sell your house because the values around here are so low. Though I must say I've seen a lot of SOLD signs up on houses that are barely sitting on the market but a few weeks so the real estate market cant' be too back around here.
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake May 03, 2013 at 06:23 PM
M. Lisi, My apologies, you should be at the Junior High School teaching right now, instead of blogging and campaigning for the school levy on taxpayer time. I mistakenly said the high school in my post above. As for your comment about Avon Schools being an "outlier," I want Avon Lake Schools to be an outlier as well. How do we become one so we can also run as efficiently as them. I mean, why be average, when we can be as cost-effective as Avon! Sign me up, I want to be an "outlier." Finally, it has nothing to do with transparency. Windows are transparent too, but if I throw a rock through it I have to pay to have it fixed. Just because the numbers are there, does not mean I have to agree with how they are being spent. This is the point. I am not questioning the integrity of the school administrators, but always have the right to question their spending, as we all should. During difficult times, difficult decisions need to be made. This is one of those times. I, for the life on me do not understand why an emergency levy needs to be put in place for a ten year period. This is ridiculous. Three years, you have my vote....five years....maybe.....never ten years.
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake May 03, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Cost of one Junior High music teacher = $108,049.88 per year. ( Salary $79,796.00 X 14% (STRS) + $17,082.86 Health Insurance) $108,049.88 year/185 days/year = $584.05 per day. $584.05 per day/ 8.5 hours/day = $68.71 per hour 15 minutes spent reading and blogging on Patch during work = $17.18 $17.18 x 210 teachers = $3607.37 per day $3607.37 X 185 days per year = $667,363.02 per year After looking very closely at all the evidence, I conclude we should ban all teacher's from the Patch! This alone would allow us to keep Home Ec and Music for all our students! Or maybe we should pay for another Masters Degree to instruct our teachers on how to post anonymously. Save the comments, just having a little fun. (But making a point at the same time)
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake May 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Kristen, He probably should. I prefer not to use my name since I have children in the school system. And yes I do support the schools, but reserve the right to question their spending.
AvonLaker1234 May 03, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Jeff, move to Avon then?


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