Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, October 10, 2008

HCPH: Norwood taxpayers don’t pay twice

Last week, we contacted Hamilton County Public Health to get an answer to this excellent question Councilperson Keith Moore posed in his 8/8/08 guest blog:

What services are we paying for twice? And by that I mean that our taxes already support the county health services. What are we duplicating...?"

In the following reply to our question, Health Commissioner Tim Ingram states that, except for one very small fraction of a levy, no portion of Norwood property taxes funds Hamilton County Public Health:

October 7, 2008

Thank you for contacting the Health District and giving me the opportunity to explain the funding of Hamilton County Pubic Health. The portion of your property taxes that supports Hamilton County Public Health’s operations is the Health and Hospitalization levy. Three percent of that levy revenue is budgeted for Tuberculosis Control which serves Hamilton County residents by reducing and preventing the spread of Tuberculosis.

On May 1, 2008, the Tuberculosis Control Office was acquired by Hamilton County Public Health from Hamilton County Job and Family Services. No other Norwood property tax is allocated for Health District operations.

If you have any other questions, please contact me at 513-946-7822.


Timothy I. Ingram
Health Commissioner
Hamilton County Public Health

One of us looked at a recent property tax bill and calculated approximately what will be paid to HCPH for Tuberculosis Control in 2009: $2.00 total, which is 3% of the $67.60 annual cost of the Health and Hospitalization levy. We hope this clears up any concern our readers may have had that Norwood property taxes fund both Hamilton County Public Health and Norwood Health Department, i.e. duplication of services.

We also made a call to Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper’s office to find out if HCPH is in the Hamilton County budget. Mr. Pepper’s assistant told us that it is not and that the Hamilton County Commissioners have absolutely no involvement with HCPH's budget.