Welcome to Riverlea!

Incorporated in 1939, the Village of Riverlea is a quiet, leafy residential community of just over 600 people, situated between High Street and the Olentangy River just north of Columbus. We are a fifteen minute drive from the Ohio State University campus and a twenty minute drive from downtown Columbus. It’s a short walk to the shops, restaurants, and village green of downtown Worthington, and a short ride to the scenic Olentangy bike trail. Our children attend Evening Street Elementary School, Kilbourne Middle School, and Thomas Worthington High School in the Worthington school district. All three schools are located within a mile of the Village.


Resident updates

Fire & EMS levy

A property tax increase to fund fire and EMS service from the City of Worthington will be on the ballot in November. Service in the Sharon Township Fire District, which is comprised of the Village of Riverlea and the unincorporated portions of Sharon Township, is currently funded by a levy of approximately $145,000, an amount which has remained unchanged since 1994. The City reports that the Township Fire District now accounts for about 12% of their served population and 15% of their service runs, but only about 2% of their revenue.

Representatives from the City, the Township, and the Village have reached an agreement to bring revenues more closely in line with the level of service provided while spacing out the tax increases and creating some clarity with regard to the future:

(1) A new $500,000 property tax levy will be placed on the ballot in November 2023, which if approved would be collected in addition to the existing $145,000 levy. This is a revaluation year so the exact millage is to be determined, but it should be on the order of 4 mils, or roughly $125 per $100,000 of assessed market value. The exact figures will be available later this year.

(2) A second levy will be placed on the ballot in 2026, 2027, or 2028, in the amount of $370,000, $450,000, or $550,000 depending on the year. Sharon Township Trustees will decide at a later date which year to put the levy forward.

(3) Voters will have two consecutive chances to pass the first levy (November 2023 and March 2024), and until the end of 2028 to pass the second levy, before the Township is considered to be in breach of contract with the Fire Department.

(4) The City will not ask for any further revenue increases from the Township for at least five years after certification of the second levy.

We will hold one or two public forums in the Village to discuss this issue, probably in the late summer and fall, so stay tuned for updates.

November election

Four positions in Village government will be on the ballot on November 7: the Mayor, the Clerk-Treasurer, and two Council seats (incumbents Gordon and Schlichting). Candidates must file a nominating petition (available at https://petitions.franklincountyohio.gov) and collect a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 signatures from registered voters who live in Riverlea. The filing deadline is 4:00 pm on Wednesday, August 9, at the Franklin County Board of Elections, 1700 Morse Rd. The filing fee is $30. Candidates must be eligible to vote in the state of Ohio and have lived in Riverlea for at least one year.