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Boston trustees discuss new JEDD with Peninsula

11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

At the Boston Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 13, trustees discussed what they need to do since voters approved the creation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) with Peninsula during the Nov. 5 General Election.

“This is a wonderful thing for the township,” said Trustee Jerry Ritch. “Now, what do we need to do so this can take effect at the beginning of next year as planned?”

According to township officials, the JEDD allows the communities to collect payroll taxes from employees of businesses in the township’s Economic Activity District (EAD), which includes portions of the township where Boston Mills Ski Resort, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Summit County Engineer’s Office maintenance yard, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and Cuyahoga Valley National Park offices are located.

Trustee Amy Anderson said the next step is to form a JEDD board and schedule a meeting to enact the new tax. Anderson said the board will include the three Boston trustees and three members from Peninsula Village Council.

Peninsula Mayor Doug Mayer said at this time the three members from Peninsula Council will be Dee Holody, Brian Schall and Daniel Schneider, but because new people were elected to Council Nov. 5, Peninsula’s representatives may change.

When the board meets, they will enact a new tax to be collected starting Jan. 1. Because Peninsula voters approved an increase in income tax from 1 percent to 2 percent, Boston would retain 70 percent of tax collections in the EAD and 30 percent would go to the village, according to township officials.

Anderson said the board should plan to meet early in December to ensure everything is ready to go when the JEDD goes into effect at the beginning of next year.

In other business, trustees:

  • set the date for their final meeting of the year as Monday, Dec. 23, as Christmas falls on the following Wednesday, when the meeting would normally be held. The meeting will still take place at 6:30 p.m.;
  • heard a report from the Road Department that the first snowfall of the season didn’t cause too many problems and the department is continuing to gear up for the rest of the winter season; and
  • were cautioned by Police Chief Joe Varga that deer are very active this time of year and to watch for them when driving through wooded areas.

The next regular Boston Board of Trustees meeting will be Nov. 27 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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