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So many issues face us. Mark Welch can tackle them and make our community a better place.


Once again in September 2017 West Chester Township has been named one of the "Best Places to Live in America" in 2017 by Money Magazine!

West Chester Township most recently received the honor in both 2014 and 2016 when the magazine analyzed and reviewed townships, villages, towns and cities across America that had populations between between 50,000 to 150,000.

"To create MONEY’s Best Places to Live ranking, we looked only at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. We eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity. This gave us 2,400 places. We then collected about 170,000 different data points to narrow the list," their website said.

  • As of 1/1/2017, West Chester Township has almost a $2 billion assessed real estate value. This is great for both Lakota Schools and West Chester because of the property taxes collected.
  • West Chester Township has the SECOND highest Assessed Property Value in the Tri-State behind Cincinnati!
  • West Chester Township is the SECOND highest Job Creator in the Tri-State behind Cincinnati!
  • According to a September 2017 article, West Chester Township has hottest real estate market in Cincinnati! That means it's a 'seller’s market' and higher property values!
  • West Chester Township has the highest bond rating (AAA+)of any community in Ohio.
  • West Chester Township has more than 3600 businesses that call West Chester home!
  • West Chester Township has an unemployment rate of just 1.7%! Butler County's rate is 4.4% while the Ohio and National rate is around 4.8%.
  • Six Times Money Magazine has called West Chester “Best Places to Live” in America! West Chester most recently, also received the honor in 2014 and 2016.


After three years of research, investigation and analysis West Chester Township in March 2017 authorized $50,000 for an OpenGov Smart Government Platform, Including OpenGov Open Data with a portal to be launched in October 2017 on the West Chester Township website,

West Chester is excited about the launch of this open data platform for financial and non- financial data. Through this analysis and evidence based data, West Chester can transform the delivery of services; engage residents and corporate citizens; endeavor to make government operations and services more efficient and effective; and most importantly can meaningfully contribute to the quality of people’s lives.


West Chester Township received the Ohio Auditor of State Award with Distinction for a fifth consecutive year.

Ryan Holiday, southwest regional liaison for Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost, presented the award for the 2016 audit year at the Oct. 10 Board of Trustees meeting.

“It is important to note that this award puts West Chester Township in a very select group,” Mr. Holiday said. “Fewer than 5 percent of all entities that are audited annually earn and are eligible for this award.”

Under my leadership, the Board of Trustees has done a great job managing the Township's money. So much so that we haven't had a Fire Levy since 2006 and a Police Levy since 2010!

But we MUST remain focused on Core Competencies – Police, Fire, Roads, Parks, Cemeteries. Below you'll find the Carryover for each of our departments. Carryover is the same as 'Retained Earnings' for businesses and 'Net Worth' for individuals. West Chester is in GREAT FINANCIAL SHAPE!

General Fund - $10.1 Million Carryover
Police - $11.3 Million Carryover (Almost $32M and 69% budget)
Fire - $15.2 Million Carryover
Roads - $2.5 Million Carryover

In 2017 West Chester will spend almost $32 million on Police and Fire (core competency) for the SAFETY of our residents, businesses and the thousands of people who work here everyday. This represents approximately 69% of West Chester's entire budget.

In FY 2017 the township spent $2.9 million on Roads (core competency) which included 15 miles of paving, 5 miles of slurry seal, 3 miles of curb replacement and 27 critical storm pipe replacement.

In the next few years, West Chester working with the Butler County Engineers Office will spend almost $32 million on Road Improvement Projects (core competency) which includes roundabouts, road widenings & improvements, and the UCB Interchange Divergent Diamond Interchange improvement to ease traffic congestion.


The best thing a Trustee can do to support the schools is bring more business to West Chester to increase the tax base.  Increasing the businesss tax basis wil help keep our individual property taxes low and support the schools.

The West Chester Comprehensive Land Use Plan designates about 40% of West Chester land as Commercial/Industrial and about 60% Residential. This is a great balance because businesses don't create the same burden on our schools and services that residents do.

In fact, for every dollar of property tax collected from businesses they only use about 40 cents in services, however; every dollar of property tax collected from residents incurs about $1.40 in services! This is why business development in our township is so important!

Lakota Schools are a cornerstone in West Chester and foundational to our community. My requirements of Lakota are simple: be good stewards of the money and give our kids the best education possible. Later this month, West Chester is launching our new Open Gov portal that I championed, for total township transparency. I’d like to see Lakota Schools do the same thing because like me, people want to know where all the money goes. It’s not too much to ask.

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