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Sylvania denied relief
TO THE EDITOR,
Sylvania City Council voted at its Oct. 5 council meeting to deny Sylvania taxpayers much-needed real estate tax relief. Council defeated 4-3 an amendment I proposed to reduce the General Fund real estate tax rate by .5 mills.
The City annually is required to adopt a resolution authorizing the tax levies collected for its general fund. This annual tax levy determination can be changed by council year-to-year. Council has rolled back city-levied real estate taxes by 1.5 mills during the past three years, and those rollbacks are carried over.
Unfortunately, a majority of council opposed the additional
.5 mill real estate tax rollback.
The city clearly could afford this tax relief for our taxpayers. During the course of the Oct. 5 meeting, council extended its aggregation agreement with Toledo Edison in return for a lump-sum payment that will yield more revenue for the city than it would have lost by granting the tax relief that was proposed and rejected. The Toledo Edison money will go directly into the city’s general fund.
Moreover, the city’s total revenues have slightly increased in 2009 over what it received last year.
I want to thank Council Members Mike Brown and Katie Cappellini for supporting my motion to provide Sylvania taxpayers the tax relief they desperately need in these difficult economic times.
Sylvania City Council Member
Keep up the fight
TO THE EDITOR,
Right on, Don Burnard! Your Sept. 20 and Oct. 4 columns have hit the nail square on the head. I am 50 years old and am appalled by the displays of intolerance and outright venom.
Please keep up the fight by promoting rational discussions to create workable solutions to the dire problems that face the majority of the people in the nation.
I have highlighted parts of the Sept. 20 article “No tea, thanks” and posted it for my employees to see. Many of them came away with a clearer understanding, as evidenced by the slow nodding of heads and comments, “Wow that really makes sense and I guess I really didn’t know that.”
DOUG MYERS, Maumee
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