Grove City Record

Council sets up account to handle new JEDD funds

Majority now not in favor of the tax zone

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Had Grove City Council been voting earlier this week to establish the JEDD district with Scioto Township and the Village of Commercial Point, it would not have passed.

In November, council voted 3-2 to enter into the Joint Economic Development District with those two municipalities, and on Monday, March 3, council voted 5-0 to establish the JEDD Income Tax Fund.

Finance Director Mike Turner said a separate fund was needed to handle accounting for the JEDD.

"We need (council's) permission to create new funds and the auditor of state's permission," Turner said. "It's simply an accounting fund to record the proceeds. ... This is purely mechanical."

Under the original JEDD agreement, the city will impose and administrate its 2 percent income tax on more than an acre at the northwest portion of state Route 104 and Southern Street, within Scioto Township; half an acre within Commercial Point near Hiner Road, Strawser Street, Mattox Court and McCord Road; and 1,319 acres of land owned by the state in Scioto Township, near state Route 762, the site of two state prisons.

The money is then split three ways: 88 percent to the township, 2 percent to the village and 10 percent to the city. The city's cut for administering the tax is projected to be $100,000 a year.

When proposed last year, the JEDD drew opposition from employees at the corrections facilities who were previously not subject to municipal income taxes.

Council President Ted Berry and Councilman Jeff Davis, who previously voted against the JEDD, both said they were still opposed to it.

"I'm still against it," Berry said. "This (ordinance) is housekeeping."

Laura Lanese, who wasn't on council last year, said she agreed with Berry and Davis.

Last year, the deciding votes for the JEDD were Councilwoman Maria Klemack-McGraw, Councilman Steve Bennett and former Councilwoman Melissa Albright.

In other news from Grove City Council March 3:

* Council approved the annexation of properties at 2402 and 2388 White Road in Jackson Township into Grove City. The properties, owned by Gerald L. and Anna McKnight and Michael A. Metzger, are each a little more than half an acre in size and zoned for single-family residential use.

* Council also authorized a permit allowing the Knights of Columbus No. 4603 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church to solicit charitable donations from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3, at the intersections of Stringtown and Thistlewood, Stringtown and Hoover, Southwest Boulevard and Broadway, London-Groveport and Hoover and Broadway and Home roads.

The organization has a goal of raising $6,000 through the collection for Grove City Special Olympics and the Heinzerling Foundation.

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