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After a year of budget cuts and layoffs, Northwood ended the year with a 3.4-percent increase in revenue compared to last December.
“I think we were fortunate that the economy picked up enough, we made enough cuts that did not severely impact the residents,” said Mayor Mark Stoner, “and we made it through.”
Last year, the city started cutting staff and services after revenue started to slip.
Council, in an effort to reverse the decline, placed a proposed income tax increase from its current 1.5-percent to 1.75-percent for three years on the November ballot, which voters defeated.
Homeowners and investors in East Toledo and Oregon can learn how they can increase their property values when county treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz talks abut the county’s new land bank program Thursday, January 20 at the Weber Block, Front and Main in East Toledo.
Overgrown lots, vacant or dilapidated houses and abandoned industrial or commercial property can all bring down home values restricting your ability to borrow money or sell your home.
Kapszukiewicz will talk about the new Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation, which will have the power to acquire and sell foreclosed tax delinquent properties without going through the long court process leading to a sheriff’s sale.
Pay raises of 2 percent for non-union employees of Lake Township were approved by the board of trustees during their final meeting of 2010.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board, said the increase is in line with raises given earlier to officers in the police department who are unionized.
The officers are in the second year of a three-year contract, she said.
The trustees also extended the contract for another year with Mark Hummer, the trustees’ administrative assistant. He will be paid $1,000 a month – an increase from $800 monthly.
He is also the township’s police chief.
Over the past several years the Toledo Public Schools have suffered many financial setbacks and still find the system struggling to keep up with the economy. There are many urban schools that are facing issues much like the TPS schools around the country. The once proud Toledo City Athletic League is now facing a challenge that may be its biggest ever.
Last year the TPS system eliminated middle school, freshman, and some high school sports with low participation. That was a big blow to the remaining high school sports. The biggest blow is the imploding of the TCL when seven schools left to form a new conference, the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. That now leaves six TPS schools, after Libbey closed this past season, for next season to be in the TCL and they include — Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite, and Woodward. I will admit all of this does not look good and listening to the present Commissioner of the TCL he doesn’t see much hope for the future. He doesn’t seem to want to fix the problems either.
Oregon may be revising part of the city’s sign code to allow electronic changeable copy for businesses.
Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said at a recent council meeting that he’s received many requests from businesses seeking changes in the sign code dealing with changeable copy.
“The trend nowadays is that signs are LED enhanced, or lit with LED lights,” said Seferian. “We want a starting point to get this into action, so we would actually look forward to seeing council put this into committee so it could be discussed thoroughly so people could be comfortable with the final product. But we do think it’s something needed for our sign code because it seems to be a little antiquated without it.”
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