MILLERSBURG -- Village Clerk-Treasurer Karen Shaffer reported to council that she had negotiated a deal with Hardy Township regarding annexation fees.
Shaffer explained that when the Bell Store Marathon (west of town) was annexed, the liquor license was never put on the agreement, and the village never got a portion of the liquor license back.
"I've been working with the state for the past year and a half, and they finally got it transferred back to us," Shaffer said. "Hardy Township was getting the money when we should've been.'
"On four annexations we have from Hardy Township, the estimated 12-year payment was $2,912. They owe us $1,884 for the liquor license fees," Shaffer added. "We've already paid Hardy Township $498 for the first few years of the annexation. For the entire 12 years for all the annexations, we would owe them $530. We suggest paying them the $530 and we would be done with all payments for the 12 years."
The annexation fees are a way for the townships to make up for potential tax revenue.
"It was originally set up for if a large manufacturing plant were to come in or a large retail business," Shaffer said. "There would be a lot of tax dollars they would lose. But the properties that are there are either vacant or tax exempt, like the fairgrounds and the church, so they're not losing anything."
Any further exchanges between Hardy Township and the village would be for a set fee of $750.
Village solicitor Bob Hines said that state statutes allow villages and townships to negotiate their own deals.
The motion to approve the deal passed unanimously.
In other business, the Holmes County Agriculture Society asked for a credit for 328,000 gallons of water lost because of a leak in the line to the concessions.
The sewer portion of the bill credit is $738. This also caused the debt service to increase to $90 from $45. The Ag Society also sought to have the $45 debt service fee credited, along with $847.32 for the SUO.
"The utilities department found the leak when they were reading meters and verified the water did not go down the sewer system.
Council approved the three credits.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.