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Boston residents to vote on JEAD

6/20/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Boston Township residents will be asked in November to approve a Joint Economic Activity District (JEAD) with Peninsula Village.

The JEAD, if approved, would allow the cash-strapped communities to collect payroll taxes from employees of businesses in designated areas of the township. Trustees approved placing the issue on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot following a sparsely attended public hearing just prior to their regular June 12 meeting.

The public hearing was set to seek input on implementation of the JEAD, which includes portions of the township where Boston Mills Ski Resort, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and Cuyahoga Valley National Park offices are located. Employees of businesses within the JEAD would be subject to a 1 percent income tax if the JEAD is approved by Boston and Peninsula voters.

Under the JEAD contract, Boston would retain 90 percent of the tax collections and 10 percent would go to the village, said Trustee Amy Anderson. The percentages could change if village voters approve in November a proposed increase in the village income tax from 1 percent to 2 percent.

Peninsula Village Council approved placing the JEAD on the November ballot at the June 10 meeting.

Trustees also began a discussion about cataloging property for development in the Akron-Cleveland Road business corridor. Resident Marty Griffith told trustees he had researched a land bank maintained by the city of Green, which has had great success in attracting businesses. Green maintains a registry of property owners who have parcels zoned for commercial or industrial development and are interested in selling or leasing, he said. Green uses the information to assist business owners who are interested in locating within the city, Griffith said.

Griffith recommended the township begin to catalog available property, saying a local government trying to attract businesses without knowing what land is available is like a storekeeper not knowing his inventory.

In other business, trustees:

  • renewed a health insurance plan for township employees at a 17 percent increase over the previous year. Trustees said they would reconsider the health plan in January;
  • noted property owned by the late Harvey Rogers has been cleared of all junk cars;
  • noted Cuyahoga Falls reported it is working toward annexation of Wetmore Road;
  • heard the Union Cemetery Association has completed repaving driveways in both cemeteries; and
  • reappointed Joe Orahoske to the township Board of Zoning Appeals for a five-year term expiring in June 2018.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be June 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the administrative offices at Boston Township Hall, located at the corner of Main Street and Riverview Road in Peninsula.

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