City of Toledo: Rossford’s logic all wetWritten by Administrator | | email@example.com
TO THE EDITOR,
While Rossford’s Mayor William Verbosky Jr. may be accurate with his math on the recent increase in the Rossford water rate (“Rossford mayor addresses water rates,” March 22), he certainly is off base on the City of Toledo’s intention on the revenue sharing agreement and is conducting a misleading PR campaign.
I believe it is time to set the record straight:
1. During contract negotiations, Rossford was told by the City of Toledo that all new Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ) agreements are being negotiated on an equal revenue sharing basis.
2. The City of Toledo has offered to keep the Rossford JEDZ rates the same for existing businesses.
3. The Rossford JEDZ increase would be on new business only to the area.
4. Without Toledo water, Rossford would not have been able to annex the area from Perrysburg Township.
5. Perrysburg Township. sustained huge losses on the failed Rossford Arena/Amphitheater project and chose to work directly with Toledo on a JEDZ for the Fed Ex project, in essence landlocking Rossford.
It appears that what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. It is acceptable for Toledo to be landlocked by its neighboring communities leveraging Toledo water, but when Toledo wants its fair share of development, that could only happen with Toledo’s water; Toledo is punitive. This is far from the fact. Unfortunately, it appears that citizens of Rossford will pay the higher water rates, spend additional money on infrastructure and be restricted from growth until Rossford is willing to negotiate fairly in the interest of regional cooperation.
ROBERT R. REINBOLT, Chief of Staff , City of Toledo