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Franklin County Board of Elections

Perry Township withdraws JEDZ from May ballot

The Franklin County Board of Elections on April 11 announced that Perry Township trustees have decided to withdraw the joint-economic-development-zone (JEDZ) ballot initiative on the May 6 ballot.

The JEDZ, as it is called, would have allowed 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.

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.

If approved by township voters, Worthington and Perry Township would have created a board to administer the tax that is projected to raise about $292,000 a year.

Of that, 70 percent, or $196,246, would have been paid to the township. Worthington would have received 20 percent, or $56,000. The rest, 10 percent or $28,000, would have been used by the JEDZ board to cover expenses such as insurance and audits.

The tax, according to trustee Chet Chaney, would have allowed 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.

Chaney's signature wasn't on the notice sent to the elections board April 10. Trustees James Roper and Andy English signed it.

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