The Press Newspaper
Northwood City Council on May 27 gave a first reading to proposed ordinances that would increase the income tax rate and establish a trash fee. The measures have two more readings before there is a final vote by council.
Council is giving three readings to give the public time to offer input on the ordinances.
The proposed .25 percent hike in the city income tax would increase the tax rate from 1.5 percent to 1 ¾ percent. It would provide funds for capital improvements, capital reinvestment and operating expenses of the city within the general fund. The increase would bring in $500,000 annually.
If a majority of council approves the tax increase, the measure would go on the ballot, where voters would have the final say.
The $10 per month trash fee would start July 1 and bring in $220,000 annually.
The city currently pays for garbage pickup as part of its contract with Waste Management of Ohio, which owns the Evergreen Recycling and Disposal facility, a solid waste landfill located at Wales Road and East Broadway. Northwood receives 22 cents per ton tipping fee, and 23.75 cents per ton host fee from Evergreen, which automatically deducts a monthly charge for unlimited garbage pickup for residents.
The Wood County Board of Commissioners will recognize 2010 Spirit of Wood County Award recipients at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on June 13. The ceremony will be held at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.
Scheduled to receive awards are: Harold Bower of North Baltimore; Mary K. Williams of Portage; Bernard Murphy of Perrysburg; Richard Edwards, Edie Olds, and Jayne Roth of Bowling Green. Former Bowling Green resident Raymond Fischer is also scheduled for recognition.
The awards, presented in conjunction with Wood County Heritage Days, are awarded to county residents who show qualities in bettering Wood County as a whole. The categories include: Agricultural Leadership, Education for Civic Responsibility, Industrial/Economic Development, Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom, Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award, Religion and Liberty, and Self-Government.
The commissioners have been honoring citizens since 1987.
Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian, who is against the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s (TARTA) proposed .5 percent sales tax to fund public transportation, wants TARTA to revisit its request for the tax hike.
“Retailers across our region are still battling a recession,” stated Seferian in a prepared statement that was read at an Oregon council meeting last Monday. “This proposal would only succeed in making it harder for our local businesses to remain competitive. Our sales tax is already higher than many of our neighboring counties. This increase could force customers to look elsewhere.”
The half cent sales tax would replace property tax levies that currently fund TARTA.
The nine member communities in TARTA, including Toledo, Maumee, Perrysburg, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Rossford, Spencer Township, and Waterville, must first support the Lucas County commissioners’ recent resolution to become a member of the public transit service before the sales tax proposal can be put on the November 2 ballot. The proposal would allow TARTA to provide countywide service.
Conservation groups are challenging the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last month to issue a water quality certification to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that allows for the disposal of up to 800,000 cubic yards of dredged sediment from the Toledo Harbor into the open lake.
The National Wildlife Federation, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Lake Erie Charterboat Association, the Izaak Walton League, and the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association recently filed an appeal with the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC).
The groups say that dumping dredged sediments into the Western Basin of Lake Erie harms water quality, fish and aquatic habitat. The practice, which also exacerbates harmful algae blooms in the lake, increase costs to cities, businesses and people stemming from environmental damage and impacts to fishing, boating, water recreation and drinking water supplies.
The air inside the fellowship hall at Trinity United Church of Christ in Elliston was thick – not just because of the wall-to-wall crowd and the sweltering evening heat, but also because “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was finally about to make the announcement they’d been waiting some 13 weeks to hear.
Seacrest seemed to be talking in slow motion as, just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night, he teased, “After the nationwide vote, I can now tell you, the winner of American Idol 2010 is…”
The more than 600 people packed inside the room held their breath, waiting to exhale – hoping Seacrest would pronounce Elliston’s own Crystal Bowersox the winner.
Then he said it. “Lee DeWyze.”
The shift in the room’s energy was palpable. Some people shook their heads. One woman sat stunned, covering her mouth in shock. “I can’t believe it,” a man in the front row said.
Then as a reminder of why they were all there – to celebrate Crystal’s almost rags-to-riches success in season nine of the popular FOX series – red, white and blue balloons dropped and confetti filled the air, courtesy of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
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