The JEDZ Board met this morning at 9am, two members were absent. It was announced that business compliance is now up to 70% and that the JEDZ tax will bring in $2.1-$2.2 million this year. With general fund expenditures being reduced by 35% (about $1.5 million) and the JEDZ bringing in about the same amount of money that was cut by the state, how is it that we don’t have money to fix our roads?
Here is the video from last week’s township trustee meeting. We are sorry for the delay getting it online, also due to technical difficulties, we missed the first minute or two of the meeting. Please see the video below…
Well, the August 5 filing deadline for the November 3 election has come and gone, here is a little info on all of the candidates for Township Trustee this year…
Gwen McFarlin – She is the incumbent, the only Democrat on the board of trustees. In office 20 years now, Gwen has voted to put tax levies on the ballot 13 times during her tenure as township trustee. She was also in favor of the JEDZ earnings tax that passed in May of 2014. By all accounts she seems to be very nice and professional. It’s clear that she cares about her community and wants to do what she feels is the right thing for the township, however 20 years is an awful long time to hold political office unless you are making a career of it.
Kyle W. Hufford – A local entrepreneur and political activist, Kyle and his wife have been living in Springfield Township for 7 years, they have a daughter who attends elementary school in Finneytown. He is the Republican endorsed candidate and is running on a “no new taxes” platform. He was also the driving force behind the opposition of the JEDZ earnings tax that passed in 2014. Kyle would like to put the township’s checkbook and financial data online for all Springfield Township taxpayers to see. He says he would also like to find a way, using existing revenue, to put more of the township’s resources towards fixing our roads.
Judith Boyce was also on the ballot, but decided to drop out of the race this past Monday.
So, how will you vote this November? Tell us below in the comments section!
Here is the video from the two public hearings and the regular meeting last Wednesday. Sorry for the delay, we’ve been very busy! The two public hearings are about the solid waste district and also temporary appropriations for the 2016 tax year.
Here is the video from this week’s trustee work session meeting. The biggest discussion item in this meeting was SCIP grants that the township is applying for this year for road repairs. They outlined 4 different projects that they would like to complete in the near future, top priority is the resurfacing of Hempstead Dr.
Here is the video from this morning’s JEDZ board meeting. It’s pretty short, all they did was approve minutes from the last meeting and discuss business compliance with the implementation of the new tax. Apparently only about 65% of the businesses in the township are currently in compliance. They also stated that revenues for the first half of the year were higher than expected… Surprised?