About 90 minutes before a vote was scheduled by Lucas County commissioners on a petition by the City of Sylvania to annex 31 properties from Sylvania Township, the city, via email, withdrew the petition.
Leslie Brinning, city law director, added in the same email that she intended to refile the petition.
The episode began about a year ago when Sylvania sent letters to property owners in the city’s water district instructing them to sign a petition for annexation. The city contends that property owners had agreed to do so when they originally got water service.
Many of those property owners, other nearby residents, and Sylvania Township trustees have opposed the city’s actions.
County commissioners held a public hearing on the issue last month and no one, other than Ms. Brinning when she introduced the petition, spoke in favor of the forced annexation.
Many pointed to the fact that they would become subject to a municipal income tax and would not benefit by any governmental service provided by the city, beyond what is provided by the township.
They contended the move into the city would reduce their property value.
Richard Malone, an attorney for the township, at the hearing also pointed to a number of procedural errors in the process.
John Borell, an assistant Lucas County prosecutor, said the city’s withdrawal of the petition, erases everything which has so far occurred and all of the procedural steps will now have to be repeated.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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