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Oregon will have to collect revenue next year from a senior levy passed by voters last month to expand services at the James “Wes” Hancock senior center because the election results have been certified by the county.

“We have talked with the auditor’s office,” said Administrator Mike Beazley. “The city does not have a choice in choosing to collect that tax. The tax commission met for the county and certified it.”

He said city council could still decide to withhold the revenue from the 0.5-mill, five year levy in subsequent years.

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Oak Harbor police continue to look for the person who slipped into an occupied home undetected recently, stole a few dollars and then took off.

The home invasion happened at an East Ottawa Street home the evening of Nov. 11, Police Chief Steve Weirich said.

“The wife was home that night in her bedroom. She heard a noise but didn’t really think that much about it,” the chief said.

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Five sirens are not enough to adequately warn residents in Oregon of oncoming tornados, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday. He said the city wants to install four more to fill in the gaps.

Beazley discussed the matter with the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency after a resident from Starr Avenue told council at a meeting on Nov. 25 that he did not hear tornado sirens go on when a tornado tore through the city on Nov. 17, causing property damage in some parts of the city.

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HousingHeaderSmallIn this special report Housing in East Toledo: A Downward Spiral or Opportunity?, Press reporters look at the precipitous decline in housing values, what contributed to that decline, the emergence of absentee landlords and what is being done to rekindle the American Dream of owning a home.

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The first increase in four years in rates charged by the Ottawa County regional water distribution system will go into effect Dec. 18.

The county commissioners approved increases in the monthly base and rate schedules during their Nov. 21 meeting.

Gino Monaco, administrator of the county’s sanitary engineering department, said several factors are behind the decision to increase rates.

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