Delinquent taxes taking toll on schools

By Ciara Conley -

According to information provided by the Scioto County auditor’s office as of June 30, $5,871,288.32 in outstanding delinquent taxes are owed to 14 school districts within and around Scioto County.

The amounts reflect delinquent Real Property Taxes, Manufactured Homes Taxes and Personal Property Taxes.

“Personal Property Taxes refers to the Tangible Personal Property Tax that has now been phased out. The only collections for Personal Property Taxes are delinquent amounts that were billed in prior years that have not yet been paid,” said Chief Deputy Auditor Heather Cunningham.

Portsmouth City School District comes in at the highest, with over $1,299,645.98 due in delinquent taxes.

Scott Dutey, the superintendent for Portsmouth Local School District, said these funds could greatly help the school.

“These lost dollars would allow us to do many things throughout the district, from additional staffing to curriculum materials to meeting the needs of our students, of which there are many,” explained Dutey. “Our district struggles financially and this only adds to the problem. This, along with the many tax abatements, which are approved, only make our financial shortfall more prevalent. It is our hope that these dollars will be recovered and our students and staff will see the benefits and support that the dollars can help provide. This is money that should be coming to the district and at the end of the day, our students are the ones who suffer.”

Here is a list of the remaining school districts and the amounts that they owe:

New Boston Local School District


Northwest Local School District


Scioto County Joint Vocational Local School District


Washington-Nile Local School District


Minford Local School District


Wheelersburg Local School District


Bloom-Vernon Local School District


Green Local School District


Valley Local School District


Clay Local School District

$167, 280.93

Scioto Valley Local School District


Pike County Joint Vocational Local School District


Eastern Local School District


“Eastern, Scioto Valley and Pike County are districts that are located mostly in Pike County, but have a small portion overlapping Scioto County,” said Cunningham “The figures represent only the amounts due for properties in the district that are located within Scioto County, not the entire school district.”

By Ciara Conley

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