Review Category : Local News

Bill to Simplify Municipal Tax System Still Awaiting Vote from Ohio Senate

10/16/14     11:43 a.m.

Ohio is the only state in the country that allows cities to decide their own rules, regulations and systems for municipal income taxes. For state treasurer Josh Mandel, that’s a sign something needs to be done.

Audio: Josh Mandel

Earlier this year Ohio’s House of Representatives passed a bill to help simplify the income tax system for municipalities. Since then, the bill has been waiting for a vote from the Senate.

Audio: Josh Mandel

According to Mandel, the current system puts a burden on small businesses, who don’t always have the money to hire accountants and lawyers to oversee all the necessary forms and regulations. Freeing up that money would allow them to hire more employees.

Mandel said this bill would not determine tax rates, just simplify the system. He said he’s cautiously optimistic there will be a vote from the Senate sometime this fall.

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Carey To Build Fire Training Tower

10/16/14 – 6:58 A.M.

The Carey Volunteer Fire Department will upgrade its training capabilities soon. The Courier reports the department is trying to raise money to build a two-story training tower. The new facility would include a “burn room” for firefighters to practice working in smoky conditions.

Fire Chief Chad Snyder says it’s getting harder to find places to train. Snyder says that it’s expensive to practice with abandoned buildings because asbestos and lead paint have to be removed first.

A training tower from Sun Prarie, Wisconsin will cost the department $110,000. A fundraiser to help pay for the building will be held October 25, when the department hosts an Italian dinner at Our Lady of Consolation Shrine Cafeteria. Tickets are $25 each.

MORE: The Courier

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Tiffin Manslaughter Suspect To Have Competency Evaluated

10/16/14 – 6:38 A.M.

A Tiffin man accused of killing another man in a fight will be evaluated to determine his competency. The Review-Times reports the evaluation was ordered after 49-year-old Keith Hook pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Hook is accused of killing 55-year-old Dean Mathias on September 23.

The evaluation will take place at Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Toledo.

Hook faces up to three years in prison if he is convicted.

MORE: Review Times

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Arcadia Get Grant To Upgrade Sidewalks Near School

10/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Arcadia kids will have a safer walk to school thanks to a grant. The Courier reports the village has received a Safe Route to School grant worth $195,000. The money will allow Arcadia to build new sidewalks near the school. It will also pay to move a crosswalk near Ambrose Road closer to the school. Currently, the crosswalk is in front of a gas station.

The upgrades won’t cost the village anything, unless the work exceeds $195,000.

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Election Preview: Liberty-Benton Building Levy Back On Ballot

10/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Election previews continue today with a look at another school levy voters will see on the ballot in just under three weeks.

Liberty-Benton is hoping the third time is the charm for a “yes” vote on a levy to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school building.

Audio: Jim Knable

Superintendent Jim Kanable said this levy is a result of meetings asking voters what they’d like to see. Kanable said community members specifically requested less tax on property, hence this year’s combination property and income tax.

Audio: Jim Knable

This levy attempt is a combination of property and income tax, along with 47 percent assistance from the state to cover the cost of the new building.

The new building would be built on County Road 9 next to the high school.

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Fostoria Home Damaged By Fire

10/16/14 – 5:17 A.M.

A fire damaged a Fostoria home Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to 646 Broadway Street a little before 11 a.m. to battle the flames. The fire department reports the blaze was started by a candle in a bedroom where a boy and a girl were sleeping. The boy woke up to discover the smoke and flames, and grabbed the girl to help her to safety. Both were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Most of the fire damage was contained to the bedroom, but there was smoke damage throughout the house.

The Red Cross is assisting an adult and three children with clothing and food.

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Findlay Property Owners Missing Out On Tax Break

10/16/14 – 5:08 A.M.

Findlay home and business owners aren’t taking advantage of a tax deferment program. The Courier reports Hancock Regional Planning Commission director Matt Cordonnier addressed the issue during a commission meeting Wednesday. Cordonnier says the deferment plan covers people who have made improvements to their property in 2014.

The tax break is available because Findlay’s Community Reinvestment area was expanded to cover the whole city this year. Homeowners who invested at least $2,500 into an improvement project are eligible. The older the home that was renovated, the longer the exemption lasts.

The deadline to apply for the break is December 15. For more information call (419)420-4774.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Police Officer Injured In Crash

10/16/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A Findlay police officer was involved in a crash while on duty earlier this week. The police department reports the accident happened in the 300 block of East Main Cross Street.

Officer Ryan Parsons was driving east when he went off the road and hit a power pole. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for medical treatment. It’s believed a medical episode caused the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.


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Water and Sewer Lines Extended for Possible Hillcrest Expansions

10/15/14     9:52 p.m.

The land being discussed for possible development is  at the southeast corner of the 140/99 intersection. The currently vacant land would be developed from the existing Hillcrest neighborhood northwest to the intersection.

The land being discussed for possible development is at the southeast corner of the 140/99 intersection. The currently vacant land would be developed from the existing Hillcrest neighborhood northwest to the intersection.

Further development in the Hillcrest neighborhood on Findlay’s north side is becoming more of a reality. City council’s water and sewer committee approved a plan to partner with the neighborhood developer to increase the size of a water line and sanitary sewer to benefit the city while still serving their purposes for Hillcrest.
Service-safety director Paul Schmelzer said increasing the size of the waterline from 8 inches to 20 will help complete the city’s overall loop on County Road 140 near the intersection of County Road 99. The city would pay the difference in the two prices at $140,000.
Expanding the sanitary sewer to increase service will allow for future expansion. The plan calls for a 12-inch sewer instead of 8, of which the city would pay the $22,000 difference.
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Hancock County Engineer’s Garage Open, Water Main Plan Approved

10/15/14     9:44 p.m.

A water flow test problem has been solved, giving the green light for the opening of the Hancock County engineer’s new garage. The building at 1900 Lima Ave. had a low water flow test in July, but a second in August suggested a looped water main would give the building sufficient pressure.

At yesterday’s water and sewer committee meeting Findlay council members approved the water main project, which cleared the way for the Wood County building inspector to issue a temporary occupancy permit for the garage.

The water and sewer committee proposed the County pay a minimum of $30,000 for the project and the city would cover as much as $60,000.

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