Sylvania Township trustees have voted to establish the first Joint Economic Development District with the City of Sylvania.

The district covers the property generally known as Oakleaf Village, 4220 Holland-Sylvania Rd.

The tentative agreement includes, among other things, a prohibition against the city trying to annex the property while the JEDD exists.

Although this agreement doesn’t preclude any other annexation efforts by the city, Oliver Turner, township administrator, said that it is possible more properties could be added to the JEDD in the future, extending the non-annexation agreement, John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, acknowledged that the agreement doesn’t directly deal with the overall issue of annexation, but the JEDD “Is the only thing I’ve seen to try to get the issue resolved.”

It also calls for a board to be established to oversee the district in terms of necessary maintenance and tax collections.

Those in the JEDD would become subject to the 1.5 percent income tax which is the rate of the City of Sylvania.

Two members of the public spoke at the meeting , questioning the idea of a JEDD,  particularly in imposing an income tax, without a vote of the public.

Dawn Sanderson, an attorney for the township, said a vote of the public isn’t called for when the property or business owner of the site has requested a JEDD be established, Michael DiCarlantino, with Wallick Communities, owner of Oakleaf, added that the company  intends for their employees to see no negative impact in their take-home pay.

The oversight board will be established by representatives of the city and township.

After deductions for a maintenance fund for the district and some
administrative charges, the city and township would share the revenue equally.

Mr. Turner said the township’s share of
revenue from taxes would be between $15,000 and $19,000 per year.

The contract is expected to be on the May 18 agenda of Sylvania City Council.


Written by:  Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Published Date:  May 8, 2020

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