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Development zone bill nears vote in senate
State Sen. Randy Gardner, R- Bowling Green, a member of the committee, said he expects the bill to be ready for a floor vote shortly after it comes out of committee.
Oak Harbor Library officials are planning to put their first levy on the ballot in November.
The proposed 1-mill levy would generate $368,424 annually for the library that has been struggling to meet community needs in the wake of cuts in state funding over the past five years.
A taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000 would pay about $35 a year in additional taxes, according to the Ottawa County auditor’s office.
Contracts set for first park to have lakefront access
Two engineering contracts were approved by the Toledo Area Metroparks for Howard Farms, its first park to have access to Lake Erie.
The 1,000 acre park, located on the current Howard Farms property west of Metzger Marsh in Jerusalem Township, will be unlike any other Metropark in that it will be the first located near Lake Erie’s coast. It will be the Metroparks largest park in its system, next to Oak Openings.
A manufacturing company that will employ up to 35 people plans to move into a building that will be constructed on Spartan Drive in Oregon.
Ed Harmon, chairman of Spartan Logistics, said it will cost $2.5 million to build the facility. The company, which he can’t yet name, is related to automotive manufacturing.
“I can’t divulge the name this week, but soon. We’re waiting to sign some documents. It will be a long term lease,” he said.
“It’s a good project. It will keep growing,” he added.
Genoa school officials are working to convince voters of the need for a 4.99-mill emergency levy for operating expenses on the May 6 ballot.
The new levy is expected to generate about $800,000 a year. For the owner of a home valued at $100,000 that’s about another $175 annually to help cover the costs of salaries and benefits, daily expenses, classroom materials and transportation.
It’s been nearly a decade since Genoa schools have asked for an operating levy, Superintendent Dennis Mock said.
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