Sylvania Township News
Sylvania Township News, May 28 2020
by Mike Jones
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Notice of Sylvania Township Trustees Regular Meeting

The Sylvania Township Trustees will hold a Regular Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

 

The public may attend the meeting electronically via telephone at (877) 568-4106 using the Access Code 677-255-877 or via their computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/677255877.

 

If any citizen would like to test the technology in advance of the meeting they are encouraged to contact Township Administrator Oliver Turner at oturner@sylvaniatownship.com.

TARTA  May 28 2020

A pending resolution for Sylvania Township trustees concerning a possible change in funding for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority is currently posted on the township website.

John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, said he wanted to make it available for public consideration prior to a vote by the trustees.

A positive vote by all members of TARTA, including Sylvania Township, is required to allow Lucas County to become a member of the authority. That is a statutory requirement to allow for a public vote on changing funding for transit.

TARTA is currently funded by two property tax levies.

The authority is seeking to replace them with a 0.5-percent county-wide sales tax.

At a recent meeting of the trustees, Kimberly Dunham, the agency’s general manager, said TARTA is planning to change routes,  so riders won’t necessarily have to go to downtown Toledo and then transfer to reach their destination.

Should the countywide funding be approved, she said the authority would focus on service to key shopping and employment sites.

She also said TARTA would focus on having vehicles of a size in line with the expected number of riders on different routes.

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 Fire  May 28, 2020

Sylvania Township trustees have begun to consider a “needs assessment” document which shows the fire department looking at a budget shortfall in 2022.

The last time a fire levy was sought by the fire department was 2014 when voters approved a 1.5 mill levy.

From that time, calls for service have risen from 4,706 in 2014 to 6,380 last year.

The department is in the process of hiring three firefighter/paramedics now, which will bring that category of staffing to 63. They are also about to hire two part-time fire inspectors.

The assessment projects a need for 75 firefighter/paramedics in 2025 for the department to continue to serve the growing community with its high level of service. It does not project an increase in administrative staffing above the current 11,5 positions.

The document also notes several priorities which need to be addressed over the next 6 to 8 years.

They include a need to fully staff Medic Unit 63 and add cross-staffed Medic Units to stations one and two, and maintain and replace vehicles to continue and improve the excellent service delivery expected by the community.

Fire Chief Mike Ramm said one project that needs to be accomplished is to relocate the fire department’s training tower from behind the police station on King Road. He said when the department has a controlled burn there for training purposes neighbors often complain. Some funds would also be used for recruitment.

To avoid falling into a deficit in 2022 and adequately fund the needs of the department for the next six to eight years, the study recommends seeking a levy of 2.4 mills John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, said the assessment will be discussed during the June meetings of the trustees before a decision is reached on placing the issue on the November ballot.

The full report is available at www.sylvaniatownship.com.

 BZA  May 27, 2020

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Census Update  May 26, 2020

County: Lucas 60.8% (67.3% 2010 response rate)

Our community has always been very responsive to the U.S. Census, and the State of Ohio needs your help! The current response rate is lower than the response rate in 2010. The Federal government determines what assistance communities and states receive by their Census count. How can you help?

· If you haven’t already completed your 2020 Census, please do! Go online (https://2020census.gov) and complete the Census electronically OR complete the 2020 Census form that was mailed to each household.

· Consider contacting others (phone, text social media) to share the 2020 Census message and the importance of completing the 2020 Census.

· Consider sharing the 2020 Census message via virtual activities to increase awareness and response rates.

 Omni May 22, 2020

OMNI Properties, Inc, has filed a brief in Lucas County Common Pleas Court contending that the Sylvania Township Board of Zoning Appeals acted improperly in denying a conditional use permit to allow construction of a residential care facility at 4752 and 4828 Whiteford Rd.

Prior to its March decision, the board of zoning appeals held a lengthy meeting primarily hearing from residents of the area who complained of the commercial aspects of the proposed facility as well as concerns about increased traffic on heavily-traveled Whiteford Road.

In its filing, the developer contends that there was not sufficient evidence presented to deny the request.

The board noted in its decision that the current zoning for the site is “rural residential,” which provides for areas of relatively low-density residential development. Most of the existing use in the immediate area is low-density housing with Whiteford Elementary School at the south border of the property.

The BZA determined that the proposed two-story development by OMNI, of Beachwood, OH. “is not harmonious with the existing and intended character of the general vicinity and will change the essential character of the area.”

The project proposed 8 independent living units, 94 congregate care units, 41 assisted living units and 18 memory care units.

In his filing with the court, John McHugh, an attorney for OMNI, contends that instead of a “quasi-judicial setting the BZA invited a public grievance session.”

The brief notes that no expert testimony or evidence was submitted to the BZA by those opposing the development, and that “personal opinions of township residents, however firmly held and strenuously advanced are not a competent foundation on which to make findings of fact.”

The case has been assigned to Judge Ian English.

 Fire Levy  May 21, 2020

Sylvania Township Fire Department
Levy  Consideration - Needs Assessment

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 Spend  May 21, 2020

A study recently completed for the Ohio Association of Townships refutes the notion that a consolidation of local governments into a single, larger entity creates efficiencies.

The report, written by Wendell Cox, of, Demographia, a St. Louis urban policy firm , concluded that, in nearly every population category, townships have expenditures significantly less than municipal governments on a per capita basis. He also states that on the same basis township residents are taxed less and that townships have lower long-term debt than municipal governments of a similar size.

As an example, townships with a population of 25,000 to 49,999, have expenditures on a per capita basis which are 55 percent lower than municipalities, the report states.

Heidi Fought, executive director of the township association, said the report has been sent to members of the state legislature and will be used as a resource whenever the idea of consolidation or annexation is brought up.

Ms. Fought said one of the reasons for financial caution in townships is the different methods of funding the two types of governments.


“Incorporated cities and villages get the bulk of their income from individual and corporate income taxes. For the most part, she continued, townships have to ask voters to continue or increase real estate tax levies for specific purposes.

“If people don’t think they’re getting good service from the fire department they may not continue a levy. They sure won’t increase it,” she said.

In his report, Mr. Cox noted that when governments combine, the consolidated workforce tends to be paid at whichever group had the higher pay scale. Services also rise to the higher level between the two formerly separate agencies.

He also noted that because the voter base of the new jurisdiction has been increased, voter influence, “is diluted in larger jurisdictions.” Because of that, he wrote, special interests can gain greater influence in favoring more spending.

His report also noted that township residents are taxed at a lower rate than residents in municipalities of a similar size.

Again, in the population range of 25,000 to 49,999, township median taxation per capita is 46 percent lower than in municipalities.

Likewise, long-term debt for townships in that population group is 68 percent less than in municipalities in the same category.

Mr.  Cox wrote that “townships spend, tax, and borrow at less than one-half the rate of similar sized municipalities.

This is a powerful indication that the notion to abolish townships or force their consolidation with other governments would lead to materially higher spending, taxation and debt.”

 Resolution  May 20, 2020

Resolution to be considered during the June 2, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Sylvania Township Board of  Trustees

RESOLUTION NO. 20-096

A Resolution (or Ordinance) Amending the Resolutions and Ordinances Prevoiusly Adopted which Created the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) By: (1) Adding Lucas County as a Member of TARTA; (2) Eliminating TARTA’s 2.5 mill Property Taxes and Substituting a .5% Sales and Use Tax and (3) Allocating Monies from the Sales and Use Tax Collected to TARTA to Directly
Fund its Operations and Allocate Monies from the Sales and Use Tax Collected to Other Local Government Entities for the Installation, Maintenance and Improvement of Mass Transit Related Infrastructure; Provided that such Changes are Contingent upon Voter Approval of the New TARTA Funding System at the November 3, 2020 General Election and Declaring an Emergency

WHEREAS, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) exists as a political
subdivision under the laws of the State of Ohio and is operated in the following jurisdictions (Member Communities): the City of Toledo, the City of Maumee, the City of Sylvania, the City of Rossford, the Village of Ottawa Hills, the City of Waterville and the Township of Sylvania; and

WHEREAS, TARTA provides transit services within the areas of the Member Communities which are within portions of Lucas and Wood County; and

WHEREAS, TARTA currently derives funding from two ad valorem property taxes (one 1.0 mill levy and one 1.5 mill levy) for a total of 2.5 mills paid by the property owners within the area of TARTA; and

WHEREAS, several other Regional Transit Authorities in Ohio utilize a sales and use tax to fund operations, which funding system is viewed as a preferable method of funding because it is paid by nonresidents as well as residents; and

WHEREAS, a sales and use tax funding system requires the addition of Lucas County as one of TARTA’s Member Communities; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of TARTA has approved pursuing changes to TARTA’s organizational and funding system which would: (1) expand mass transit service throughout Lucas County by adding Lucas County as a Member Community; (2) eliminate the current 2.5 mill property tax levies and substitute a .5% sales and use tax and (3) allocate monies from the sales and use tax collected to TARTA to directly fund its operations and allocate monies from the sales and use tax collected to other local governmental entities for the installation, maintenance and improvement of mass transit related infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, the proposed changes require the consent of all current TARTA Member
Communities and the consent of the proposed new Member Community, Lucas County, in a timely manner so that the TARTA Board of Trustees may take action to place an issue onto the November 3, 2020 ballot.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, LUCAS COUNTY, OHIO THAT:

Section 1: The Sylvania Township Board of Trustees hereby consents to and approves of the addition of Lucas County as a Member Community of TARTA pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code Section 306.321 and the expansion of the territorial boundaries of TARTA to be coextensive with the boundaries of TARTA’s Member Communities as now or hereinafter exist.

Section 2: The Sylvania Township Board of Trustees hereby consents to and approves of replacing TARTA’s existing 2.5 mill property tax levies with sales and use taxes, contingent upon and subject to voter approval of a .5% sales and use tax at the November 3, 2020 general election, in accordance with all provisions of law for transitioning from a property tax funding system to a sales and use tax funding system as described in Ohio Revised Code Section 306.321 and as further provided and agreed to by the Member Communities. The Sylvania Township Board of Trustees consents to and approves of the placement of the sales and use tax question on the November 3, 2020 ballot. The tax, which is authorized by Ohio Revised Code Sections 5739.023 and 5741.022, shall be in effect for a period of ten (10) years. In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 5739.023, the tax shall become effective on the first day of the calendar quarter next following the 65th day following the date the Tax Commissioner receives from the board of elections the certification of the results of the election on the question of the tax.

Section 3: If the described sales and use tax is approved by the voters, the monies derived therefrom will be utilized in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 306.35, and after application of Section 306.321, certain of these sums collected are to be expended for public infrastructure projects described in Ohio Revised Code Section 306.353 to assist other local governmental entities in the TARTA service area in funding installation, maintenance and improvement of transit related infrastructure so that the roads, sidewalks, bridges, bus stops, bus shelters, signage and associated improvements are adequate to allow TARTA to operate its vehicles and serve its passengers in the Member Communities, with annual payments as follows: City of Toledo $300,000; City of Maumee $90,000; Village of Ottawa Hills $90,000; City of Rossford $90,000; City of Sylvania $90,000; Sylvania Township $90,000 and City of Waterville $90,000.

Section 4: The Sylvania Township Board of Trustees hereby consents to and approves of a revised composition of the TARTA Board of Trustees to reflect its expanded geographical boundaries, as follows:

A. Four members, who shall have terms of three years, shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Toledo, with the advice and consent of the Council of the City of Toledo;

B. Three members, who shall have terms of three years, shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for Lucas County;

C. One member, who shall have a term of three years, shall be appointed by the City of Maumee, with the advice and consent of the Council of the City of Maumee;

D. One member, who shall have a term of three years, shall be appointed by the Mayor of the Village of Ottawa Hills, with the advice and consent of the Council of the Village;

E. One member, who shall have a term of three years, shall be appointed by the Mayor the City of Rossford, with the advice and consent of the Council of the City of Rossford;

F. One member, who shall have a term of three years, shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Sylvania, with the advice and consent of the Council of the City of Sylvania;

G. One member, who shall have a term of three years, shall be appointed by theBoard of Trustees of Sylvania Township;

H. One member, who shall have a term of three years, shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Waterville, with the advice and consent of the Council of the City of Waterville

Any vacancy occurring in the position of a member of the Board of Trustees shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner provided for an initial appointment.

Section 5: The Board of Trustees of TARTA shall adopt its resolution providing for the submission of the question of the imposition of an additional .5% sales and use tax to the electors of TARTA, as enlarged, not later than ten (10) days following the filing of the ordinance and resolutions of the Member Communities , all as provided in Ohio Revised Code Section 306.321.

Section 6: The Sylvania Township Board of Trustees’ consent and approval of the foregoing is expressly contingent upon other existing Member Communities of TARTA consenting to the admission of Lucas County as a Member Community and the approval of ordinances or resolutions substantially similar to this resolution authorizing the changes described herein. In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 306.321, in the event the sales and use tax is not approved, Lucas County shall not be included as a Member Community of TARTA and the geographical boundaries of TARTA shall be the same as they were prior to the date Lucas County was admitted as a Member Community.

Section 7: All prior resolutions adopted by the Sylvania Township Trustees with respect to TARTA are amended and superseded to the extent they are inconsistent with the provisions of this resolution.

Section 8: It is found and determined that all formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the adoption of this resolution were adopted in an open meeting in compliance with all legal requirements, including Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22.

Section 9: This resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency and shall be effective immediately upon its adoption. The reason for the emergency is that this measure is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and welfare and also because it is necessary to immediately inform other TARTA Member Communities of the Board’s desire and intention to consent to the reorganization of TARTA in the manner described herein and permit an orderly and timely process to proceed by which Member Communities may consider and adopt similar ordinances and resolutions.

INTRODUCTION AND VOTE RECORD

Motion: Second:

Adopted at the meeting of the Board of Trustees on

AUTHENTICATION

This is to certify that this resolution was duly adopted by the Board of Trustees, and filed with the Sylvania Township Fiscal Officer, on

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