For the third time since 2000, the Wood County commissioners have opted to reduce tax collections of a levy that funds the adult and protective services programs of the county’s Job and Family Services Department.
The commissioners have requested the county budget commission reduce the levy collection by half for 2014 – an estimated savings for taxpayers of $1.86 million.
The commissioners said the JFS staff has been “extremely responsible” with expenditures covered by the levy.
The commissioners asked the budget panel to forgo collecting the millage entirely in 2011.
In other business, the commissioners announced the completion last week of a new restroom on the first floor of the county office building that complies with the American with Disabilities Act.
The new restroom is located between the board of elections and emergency management agency offices. The office building was constructed in 1976 – prior to the passage of the ADA.
Loan backed by county
The Ottawa County commissioners have approved a loan agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for financing a hangar renovation project at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.
The county will be the guarantor for the project in the amount of $985,750.
Special meeting called
The Ottawa County commissioners will meet in special session Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the county’s employee health insurance plan.
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold its monthly meeting Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the board office, 235 N. Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor.
Meetings are open to the public.
Tax panel holding final session
The Tax Reform Study Committee will hold its last meeting to receive public input Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
The committee will accept testimony on municipal income taxes only.
The committee has held similar sessions throughout the state, including a Sept. 3 meeting in Bowling Green.
To offer testimony contact Alex Goodman at 614 644-7928.