Written by Press Staff Writer
Friday, 26 September 2008 09:33
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will seek a 5-year 0.4 mill renewal levy to fund local transportation and economic development efforts. The levy is not a new tax and will not cause taxes to increase if it passes.
The Port Authority currently receives approximately $2.4 million annually through the 0.4 mill levy, accounting for eight percent of the total annual budget. The other 92 percent is derived from operational revenues at Toledo Express Airport, the Port of Toledo and other Port Authority services.
Since 2004, the Port has leveraged levy proceeds to bring in $43 million in state and federal grant funds to the area for projects supporting cargo shipping growth at Toledo Express Airport, development of shipping facilities along the Maumee River, remediation of brownfields to provide clean and viable land for development and neighborhood revitalization projects led by local non-profit community organizations.
Levy Co-chair Alex Johnson of Midwest Terminals said “The Port Authority works collaboratively to pool available resources to ensure Lucas County is an attractive place for new business to set up shop and for existing business to want to remain.” He added, “It has been Midwest Terminals of Toledo’s long-term vision to take advantage of this region’s logistical benefits and to forge a global trade portal with roots anchored here at the Port of Toledo. The Port shares that goal as it looks to bring business and jobs to Lucas County.”
Oregon Mayor Marge Brown emphasized her support for the levy, noting that the investments the Port makes are not just in Toledo and they benefit the entire county. “The Port is using the tax dollars from this levy to clean up land and make it available for development. They’re improving streets and sewers in undeveloped area to make it accessible for businesses looking for a place to grow. These are real bricks and mortar projects that benefit all of us around the entire county, and they create good-paying jobs in the process.”
Issue 41 will be on the November 4, 2008 general election ballot. The levy costs the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $6.60 per year.
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Terri VanBrandt of Gibsonburg has joined Tastefully Simple as an independent contractor.
Tastefully Simple is a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gourmet meals.
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Joseph and Sharon Toth of Oregon joined Reliv International as the company celebrated its 20th anniversary at a conference held recently in St. Louis, Missouri.
Reliv distributes nutritional products.
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