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Financing program criticized by group
A new report outlines problems with a trend among cities using what is called tax-increment financing, contending the practice has become a subsidy for developers rather than a targeted tool for revitalizing neighborhoods.

The Ohio Public Interest Research Group released the report last week.

Susan Swain, of Moline, is an animal lover, but that love can only go so far.

Like many homeowners across the country, the Swains are being visited and sometimes harassed by the dozen or so feral cats that have taken up residence in her neighborhood – some in her back yard.

Many local governments are against Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to centralize income tax collection for municipalities and charge a fee to administer the service.

The plan would, according to the Kasich administration, lower costs, reduce staff, provide greater consistency and improve compliance with the tax code.

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to privatize and lease the Ohio Turnpike has met with considerable opposition from across the state. But Kasich is prepared to make a Request for Proposals (RFP) and pursue the plan, according to State Rep. Matt Szollosi (49th District).

“The turnpike issue is a raging issue for folks in the northern part of the state,” said Szollos. “Kasich is going to
make that a priority in the fall or early part of next year. The Republican majority in both the House and Senate has given him the authority to pursue privatization. At this point, the administration is going to hire a consultant to advise it on the lease of the turnpike.”

The Lake Township trustees are asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to conduct a study of traffic speed along a stretch of Walbridge Road between Fostoria Road and State Route 51.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the study, including a request the speed limit along that stretch of Walbridge be reduced from 55 mph to 35 and additional stop signs be placed at the corner of Walbridge and Millbury roads. Currently, there are only stop signs on Millbury Road at the intersection.


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