Sinclair has never lost a levy campaign. They’ve also never thought twice about opening campuses outside Montgomery County where they don’t collect a property tax. Until they tax everywhere equally, it’s time to say no.
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Sinclair isn’t the best value anymore
Despite the constant “renew our levy” and it won’t create any new taxes, someone still needs to explain why Montgomery County Residents are paying more for Sinclair than Clark County residents are paying for Clark State, which has no property tax burden.
And, according to Community College Review, Sinclair is now more expensive than 4 other community colleges in Ohio- none of which extract a pound of flesh from every property owner to support their mission.
To be clear, tuition revenue in 2020 was $30.7 Million, and Property Tax revenue was $38.4 Million. State appropriations was another $49.5 Million. And when you add in Federal money of $22.2 Million, you soon realize that there is a reason Sinclair has zero debt (unlike every other Community College) and a fat reserve.
Those figures are from the State Auditor’s site. That’s $110.1 Million, over 3x tuition. If tuition only is a third of their revenue, please explain how a smaller percentage of their students paying double- amounts to any kind of contribution to the whole.
We’re not against Sinclair- we’re just against the unequal burden supporting a school that’s expanded outside of our county- without asking for the same hand out from property tax owners.
If these other 4 schools can deliver a less expensive education without a property tax levy- why are the taxpayers of Montgomery County still being hammered to pay for Sinclair?
- North Central State College $2,119 in-state
2441 Kenwood Circle Mansfield, OH 44901
- Belmont College $2,786 in-state
68094 Hammond Road Saint Clairsville, OH 43950
- Stark State College $3,686 in-state
6200 Frank Ave NW North Canton, OH 44720
- Clark State Community College $3,359 in-state
570 E Leffel Ln Springfield, OH 45501
- Sinclair Community College $3,438 in-state
444 W. Third St. Dayton, OH 45402
Only Sinclair has been subsidized by a property tax for over 50 years and continues to operate this way.
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A Quick Math Lesson
Montgomery County residents pay 4.2 mills through 2 levies to support Sinclair Community College.
Warren County residents don’t pay any property tax, their students just “pay double the tuition.”
If you own a home worth $100,000, you would be paying $147 per year just to Sinclair.
If all it costs to run Sinclair is doubling tuition and no property tax, it’s time that Montgomery County property owners stop paying after 56 years. We’ll contribute again when all counties are taxed equitably.
Here’s the problem…
Montgomery County taxpayers already have the second highest tax burden in the state, following only Cuyahoga County.
Warren County is one of the “Fastest Growing Counties” in the country—and has a much lower tax burden.
A Show of Good Faith
Montgomery County has funded a debt-free Sinclair for decades. From the first tax levy in 1966 to today, they have never been turned down.
To show their appreciation, Sinclair has extended services to Warren, Preble and Greene Counties—that pay no taxes in exchange.
Sinclair has zero debt and $50 million in the bank, and yet they ask overly-burdened Montgomery County taxpayers to dig in deeper while others freeload.