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Oregon against sales tax increase to fund TARTA
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:22

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian, who is against the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s (TARTA) proposed .5 percent sales tax to fund public transportation, wants TARTA to revisit its request for the tax hike.

“Retailers across our region are still battling a recession,” stated Seferian in a prepared statement that was read at an Oregon council meeting last Monday. “This proposal would only succeed in making it harder for our local businesses to remain competitive. Our sales tax is already higher than many of our neighboring counties. This increase could force customers to look elsewhere.”

The half cent sales tax would replace property tax levies that currently fund TARTA.

The nine member communities in TARTA, including Toledo, Maumee, Perrysburg, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Rossford, Spencer Township, and Waterville, must first support the Lucas County commissioners’ recent resolution to become a member of the public transit service before the sales tax proposal can be put on the November 2 ballot. The proposal would allow TARTA to provide countywide service.

 
Environmentalists appeal open lake dumping
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:16

Conservation groups are challenging the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last month to issue a water quality certification to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that allows for the disposal of up to 800,000 cubic yards of dredged sediment from the Toledo Harbor into the open lake.

The National Wildlife Federation, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Lake Erie Charterboat Association, the Izaak Walton League, and the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association recently filed an appeal with the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC).

The groups say that dumping dredged sediments into the Western Basin of Lake Erie harms water quality, fish and aquatic habitat. The practice, which also exacerbates harmful algae blooms in the lake, increase costs to cities, businesses and people stemming from environmental damage and impacts to fishing, boating, water recreation and drinking water supplies.

 
Despite “Idol” loss, Crystal Bowersox is #1 in Elliston
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:20

The air inside the fellowship hall at Trinity United Church of Christ in Elliston was thick – not just because of the wall-to-wall crowd and the sweltering evening heat, but also because “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was finally about to make the announcement they’d been waiting some 13 weeks to hear.

Seacrest seemed to be talking in slow motion as, just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night, he teased, “After the nationwide vote, I can now tell you, the winner of American Idol 2010 is…”

The more than 600 people packed inside the room held their breath, waiting to exhale – hoping Seacrest would pronounce Elliston’s own Crystal Bowersox the winner.

Then he said it. “Lee DeWyze.”

The shift in the room’s energy was palpable. Some people shook their heads. One woman sat stunned, covering her mouth in shock. “I can’t believe it,” a man in the front row said.

Then as a reminder of why they were all there – to celebrate Crystal’s almost rags-to-riches success in season nine of the popular FOX series – red, white and blue balloons dropped and confetti filled the air, courtesy of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

 
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