The city of Upper Arlington expects to receive at least $60,000 in back taxes from Tree of Life Christian Schools following the recent approval of a settlement agreement.
Upper Arlington City Council voted 6-0 Nov. 12 to approve a settlement agreement for back taxes with Tree of Life.
Councilwoman Carolyn Casper was absent.
The agreement resulted after the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the two sides to resolve the disputed tax payments via mediation.
It also followed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision May 13 to deny the school's petition to hear its case, effectively ending Tree of Life's year-long battle to operate a school at largest professional office building in Upper Arlington, 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd.
Through mediation, Tree of Life agreed to pay a total of $855,000 in taxes unpaid from 2012-18.
According to a staff report to Upper Arlington City Council from City Attorney Jeanine Hummer and Assistant City Attorney Jesse Armstrong, that amount is approximately 75% of the roughly $1.14 million in back taxes Tree of Life owes after it unsuccessfully sought tax-exempt status as a religious school.
According to Hummer and Armstrong's staff report, the city will receive $60,000 to $68,000 of the back property taxes.
Upper Arlington Schools will receive the bulk of the back taxes.
According to Upper Arlington Schools communications director Karen Truett, the district is still "working through" the settlement agreement "but the projection is that the schools will receive approximately $600,000."