July 29, 2014

Medina
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Medina, Lafayette Township considering partnership

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Township trustees are expected to vote on a possible Joint Economic Development District with the city of Medina at a 10 a.m. special meeting today, officials said.

Trustee Lynda Bowers said there’s been discussion for years about a potential JEDD, which would apply Medina’s 1.25 percent income tax to township businesses in exchange for city services and infrastructure improvements, like landscaping and sidewalks.

Under Ohio law, townships may not collect income tax.

Bowers said the proposal is based on the agreement between Medina and Montville Township.

That agreement states that 20 percent of the tax money collected goes to improvements. The rest of the funds are split between the township and city.
The money is apportioned based on how many people a business employs.

Bowers said she was opposed to establishing a district before now.

“I’ve always objected to anything that required an annexation because my constituents are opposed to annexation, and I’ve got to represent them,” she said.

Joining the district would be optional for businesses, Bowers said.

“As long as it’s voluntary and the property owner wants to do it,” she said, “I’ve got no problem with that.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.