Worthington News

Elections board: Perry Township JEDZ will remain on ballot

The Franklin County Board of Elections on March 3 voted 4-0 to dismiss a protest that sought to remove from the May 6 ballot a proposal to establish an income tax for people who work in Perry Township.

The owners of Nikolas M. Savko & Sons and Lincoln Construction, whose employees would pay the 2.5-percent income tax, and township resident William E. Lehner had asked the elections board to look into how trustees pursued the joint-economic-development-zone issue.

The JEDZ, as it is called, would allow the township to use the city of Worthington's taxing authority to tax all businesses and employees in the township. Without the JEDZ, townships are prohibited from levying income taxes.

The elections board’s vote means the JEDZ issue will remain on the May ballot.

Trustees voted unanimously Jan 13 to place the proposal on the May ballot. Worthington City Council approved its part of the JEDZ on Jan. 6.

The tax, according to trustee Chet Chaney, would allow projects already on the books to be completed. They include improvements to the intersection of state Route 161 and Linworth Road, water issues on Bethel Road, construction of a multiuse path along Snouffer Road and drainage problems through the township.

Read the full story in the March 6 edition of ThisWeek Worthington News.