The periodic and fractious efforts of the City of Sylvania attempting to annex portions of Sylvania Township should no longer arise due to an agreement unanimously approved by both the Sylvania Township Board of Trustees and the Sylvania City Council.
The most immediate effect of the agreement will be to end the current attempt by the city to annex residential properties in the area of Brint and King roads.
That effort began in 2018 when the city sent letters to property owners in the area demanding they sign a petition to be annexed into the city.
The longer-term effect of the agreement is that “the city will not require annexation of existing residential properties in the city’s water service area in the unincorporated areas of Sylvania Township.”
Although property owners will still have to sign the water-service agreement, “the city will not seek to enforce these agreements during the initial (10-year) term or any successive renewal term of this agreement.”
Renewal terms are scheduled to follow the initial term in five-year increments.
John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, congratulated Oliver Turner, township administrator, and William Sanford, Sylvania’s economic development director, for what he termed a fair plan.
He acknowledged that in the past he had given up on the idea of a resolution to the annexation issue which has always simmered with the tension between the two governments and sometimes boiled over.
The overall agreement includes the continuing implementation of what is known as the Oak Leaf Village Joint Economic Development District. That district has a board of directors that has met since late last year and has worked to implement the collection of a 1.5 percent income tax for those in the district.
The income tax is meant primarily for the maintenance of the district. After a 2 percent administrative fee to the city of Sylvania and a contribution to the JEDD maintenance fund, the city and township will divide any remaining funds evenly.
Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough said he was particularly pleased with the inclusion of JEDDs in the agreement.
“It has been my hope for over 20 years to get a JEDD agreement,” he said adding that the document also addresses the touchy issue of annexation.
He thanked Mr. Turner and Mr. Sanford for their work in negotiating the agreement over the last several months.
There is a section in the agreement stating the city and township will continue to discuss creating a separate JEDD with Sylvania Schools. If such a JEDD is established the city will retain income tax revenue and any funds remaining after expenses would be divided with 65 percent going to the township and 35 percent to the city.
Other properties mentioned as sites for future JEDDs include the Mercy Hospital emergency room location at King Road and Central Avenue, Lucas County property in the 3700 block of Silica Road, and unnamed nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and urgent care centers.
Revenue from additional JEDDS will be split 75 percent to the township and 25 percent to the city.
The agreement also calls for township payments to the city for improvements and public service. The payments are to be: $75,000 this year and next; $125,000 in 2023 and 2024, and $225,000 in 2025. After that, payments will be indexed to the township’s inside millage.
The agreement does not bar annexations when they are voluntary on the part of property owners.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published: February 18, 2021
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