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Zimmann repeats call for debate with Latta

There is one issue on which Congressman Robert Latta (R- Bowling Green) and Angela Zimmann, the Democrat from Holland, O. who is challenging him for the 5th District seat, likely agree: the debt of the federal government

“There is too much debt,” Zimmann said during a swing through the eastern portion of the district Tuesday that included a stop at The Press office.  

Calling herself a “centrist,” Zimmann said she wouldn’t have voted for the last budget that increased the federal deficit for fiscal year 2012 by about $1.1 trillion, which is about 7 percent of gross domestic product, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office.

Angela Zimmann. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

Rep. Latta  also has concerns about the spiraling debt.

Last month, when the debt surpassed $16 trillion, Rep. Latta noted it was only about $10.6 trillion in 2009.

“We can no longer ignore this serious problem facing our nation – we need real spending reforms to promote job creation and restore economic prosperity,” he said in a prepared statement.

The home page of his website features a digital debt clock that shows the amount increasing at a dizzying pace.

But what to do about the debt and how the country should prioritize its spending is up for debate between Rep. Latta and Zimmann - if there were a debate to be had.

Zimmann repeated her call for the congressman to debate her, saying she’s even sent a certified letter to him requesting a public debate.

Rep. Latta’s office didn’t respond to an email message left by The Press for comment.

Forfeited land sale
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen will hold a public auction of forfeited land Nov. 14 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the hearing room of the fifth floor on the County Office Building in Bowling Green.

The parcels are being offered due to non-payment of taxes and will be sold to the highest bidder.  Each property has been forfeited to the state after failing to sell at a sheriff’s sale.

A list of parcels is available in the auditor’s office or online at The parcels are located in 13 different taxing districts: Bloom Township, Cygnet, Jerry City, Lake Township, Middleton Township, Millbury, Montgomery Township, North Baltimore, Northwood, Perrysburg, Perrysburg Township, Portage Township, and Rossford.

There are 31 parcels listed. However, if prior to the sale, the delinquent tax charges are paid by the owner the parcel will be removed from the list.

Among the properties for sale are the former Smith Foundry lots in North Baltimore and residential structures on five of the parcels .

Registration for the sale will begin at 9 a.m.  Successful bidders will receive an auditor’s deed for each parcel for the purchase price plus $5.50 deed and transfer fee, giving clear title but federal tax liens may remain.

There will be no delinquent real estate tax liability for the parcels purchased and owners will receive the tax bill for the first half 2012 tax statement due February 2013.

Meeting change
To accommodate the precincts that vote in the Lake Township administration building, the township trustees have scheduled their first meeting in November for Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

The general election is set for Nov. 6.




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