September 6, 2022
BEACHWOOD, OH: Today, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling on Beachwood City School District Board of Education v. Warrensville Heights City School District Board of Education. The Court ruled that a property tax revenue-sharing agreement between the two districts is valid and enforceable. With Warrensville Heights City Schools’ appeal to the Supreme Court now decided in Beachwood’s favor, the case is remanded to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings.
In 1990, the area of land known as the Chagrin Highlands was divided among four municipalities: the City of Warrensville Heights, City of Beachwood, Orange Village and the City of Cleveland. After the City of Beachwood annexed a portion of this property, Beachwood City Schools petitioned for transfer of the area of land within the City of Beachwood to be part of the Beachwood school district. Beachwood City Schools withdrew that territory transfer request as part of a settlement with Warrensville Heights City Schools that instead shared future property tax revenue between the two districts from this undeveloped area of land.
Beachwood City Schools filed suit against Warrensville Heights City Schools asking the court to require Warrensville Heights City Schools to comply with the 1997 agreement. To date, Warrensville Heights City Schools has not shared the tax revenue from such taxpayers as Eaton Corporation, who built their world headquarters within the Chagrin Highlands in 2013.
“This revenue sharing agreement was a win-win for both districts when it was approved by both in 1997,” commented Beachwood City Schools Superintendent Robert Hardis. “It is critically important to Beachwood Schools’ finances that the 1997 agreement between the parties be honored."
Lauren Meade, M.S.
Director of Communications
Beachwood City School District
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