Today Sycamore Township accomodates roughly 20,400 people: 8,282 households and 1,376 businesses. Although the majority of the population identifies itself as European ancestry, 4.5 % are African American, 4 % are Asian, and 1.2 % Hispanic. According to Claritas, Inc. 39% of the residents hold a college degree, 61 % of households are married and per capita income level exceeds $29,367 with the median family income at $62,623. Those numbers represent a 16-18 % increase from the 1999 surveys. Sycamore Township remains a thriving and growing community with diversity and people.
It is governed by a board of three trustees and a fiscal officer. Townships cannot levy taxes in an excess of 10 mils without taxpayer’s approval by ballot and townships cannot levy any earning or income taxes. The Township operates with the local real estate tax, which the township uses to provide for police, fire, life squad and general maintenance. Sycamore Township attracts revenue from all over the Cincinnati Metropolitan area with its shopping, office/retail space availability and convience, restaurants, and park facilities. Situated between two major highways (I-71& I-75) Sycamore Township is only minutes away from downtown, museums, the arts, major sporting events, theme parks, airports and more.
Life in Sycamore Township just isn’t what it used to be. Two-hundred years ago, the 7-square miles of present day Township land were nothing but farms and wilderness. Today, Sycamore Township is a thriving community of 20,000 residents and hundreds of businesses with all the advantages of central suburban living and a few more besides. One advantage is the Township structure itself, a form of government created when all of Ohio was divided into parcels at the states founding.
While the term may have a rustic flavor, Township government is actually quite appropriate to the size and scope of community activities. An elected Board of three Trustees and one fiscal officer streamlines the decision making process, resulting in timely action and services to Township residents and responsible representation of the community’s interests in larger regional issues.
There’s more in Sycamore!