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It’s the season of giving, and Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian and city council decided to give residents a present in the form of tax cuts.

The city next year will not be collecting revenue from three .5 mill levies because the officials determined there are sufficient funds in the budget to cover expenses.

Each .5 mill levy helped fund the police, recreation and fire departments.

“We can meet the service needs of the community without collecting the revenue. Our income tax revenues have been strong,” said Administrator Mike Beazley last week.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved a resolution that accepted the tax amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission of Lucas County, which defers collection of revenue from the levies.

Nursing students’ lawsuit dismissed

The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision that dismissed a lawsuit filed by students in the nursing program of Owens Community College.

The case, centering largely on procedural matters, stems from the nursing program’s loss of accreditation in 2009 from the National League Nursing Accrediting Commission. The college had offered a two-year associate’s degree in nursing.

The students had filed three complaints against the college, citing the Consumers Sales Practices Act, after the loss of accreditation: first in the state’s Court of Claims, which dismissed it in February 2010 because it lacked jurisdiction, and then in August 2010 in Lucas County Common Pleas Court where it was determined that court wasn’t the proper venue.

Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School board member Marge Brown has a slogan she lives by: I care for people. And for the former teacher turn politician, it is obvious she takes her slogan very serious.

“God has blessed me and I have had a magnificent life, and I want to give back,” said the 77-year-old.

Brown has been giving back to Stritch, even before the school was built. In 1959, a representative from the Diocese of Toledo came to her church in Bono to talk about building a Catholic School on the east side of Toledo. That was two years before the diocese even broke grown for the structure, but Brown knew it would become an important part of the area.

“I thought, ‘One of these days, our kids are going to be there,’ so we made a pledge to Cardinal Stritch. And low and behold, it can true. My kids graduated from here, and my grandchild is going here now,” said Brown.

Oregon council on Monday is expected to raise the sewer rate to pay for Phase I of the wastewater treatment plant improvement project.

The city has planned on raising rates for the last few years, but just recently established the higher amount.

The project is in accordance with the city’s EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which requires the city to increase the secondary treatment capacity of the wastewater treatment plant from 24 million gallon per day to 36 million gallons per day to eliminate secondary treatment bypasses and sanitary sewer collection system overflows during wet weather.

The project is being constructed in two phases over the next five years. Phase I is nearly completed.

The $16 million project is being funded by a combination of a grant, loans, and city funds.

“This ordinance is needed to establish a capital improvements charge to pay the debt on Phase I of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Secondary Treatment Improvements Project,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman at a committee of the whole meeting last week. “Council is aware of the project, which we have been working on since 2009.”

The Lake Township trustees were asked Tuesday to reconsider their decision to intervene in a rate case FirstEnergy has filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Hans Rosebrock, an economic development manager for FirstEnergy, said the company’s rate plan filed in August is designed to “help shore up” the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant and two other plants.

The plan, if approved by the PUCO, would cover electric service for consumers from June 2016 through May 2019 and set a 15-year agreement between FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, for purchasing power through Davis-Besse, the W.H. Sammis Plant and Ohio Valley Electric Corp. units. The utilities would sell power into the wholesale market and when wholesale prices exceed costs, consumers would receive a credit; when wholesale prices are less than costs, consumers would pay a charge.

Rosebrock said the company is projecting the “cost-based” arrangement would save consumers $2 billion over 15 years.

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