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Bills pending before state legislators will have an impact on Lake Township’s financial condition, Tom Hays, township solicitor, informed the board of trustees Tuesday, with the likely result being the township becoming more dependent on local property taxes.

The changes stem from a plan by lawmakers included in the state budget five years ago to phase out the tangible personal property tax on manufacturing machinery and related equipment as well as some utility equipment.

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As the auto industry goes, so goes the economy in Northwest Ohio and, in particular, the economy in our Eastern Maumee Bay Communities. So, it’s good news that new vehicle sales for the seven car dealers in the Press distribution area is up 50.8 percent for the first quarter of 2011.

Local dealers sold 902 vehicles in the first quarter compared to 508 in 2010, according to AutoView Online, a data-marketing firm that compiles registration and sales information from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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Amendments to the Village of Woodville’s zoning ordinance covering junk vehicles and recreational equipment are the subject of a public hearing scheduled for April 26 at the town hall, 219 W. Main Street.

The village planning commission will accept public comment on the proposed amendments requiring disabled or unlicensed vehicles to be stored in an enclosed building and for off-street parking of recreational or utility equipment.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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The Oregon school board at a meeting on April 7 voted to eliminate three of six central office administrative positions in a continuing bid to cut costs in the financially strapped district.

The positions that are being eliminated include special education supervisor, technology director, and testing coordinator. The positions of assistant superintendent, director of student services, and curriculum director will be reorganized or consolidated.

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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said he backs the police officer who shot a resident who was involved in a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on Pickle Road on April 10.

“Although it is unfortunate for a police officer to have to draw his weapon, we believe that, under the circumstances, it was very well executed,” Seferian said at a city council meeting on Monday. “The Oregon police department showed the training and expertise they had and took control of a situation that in all likelihood could have been very bad.”

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