Council to hear last reading on tax increase


By Brandon Klein - [email protected]



From left to right, standing, are Charles Dukes, Thomas Homan and Jessica Ormeroid of the city of Delaware, speaking about improving transportation infrastructure to the Delaware County Kiwanis club in the Old Bag of Nails in May.


Legislation to place a proposed tax increase on the November ballot for the “Moving Delaware Forward” initiative will be considered by Delaware City Council tonight.

Council will have the fourth reading for the ordinance at the Ohio Army National Guard building, 1121 S. Houk Road, and will consider a resolution to send the tax issue to the Delaware County Board of Elections. The 7 p.m. meeting is being held at the National Guard building because of an elevator problem at City Hall.

The deadline for submitting issues to the board of elections is Aug. 10.

If approved by council Monday and voters in November, the city would raise the income tax rate from 1.85 percent to 2 percent in 2017.

City officials have said the increase would generate $2.2 million annually that would be solely used for resurfacing, maintenance and improvement of the city’s roadways. The city now spends $1.92 million annually on roads.

The Moving Delaware Forward project includes more than 50 projects with nine priority projects communicated so far to the public. That includes improvements to the intersection of Routes 36 and 37 (The Point), and building extensions at Valleyside Drive and Merrick Boulevard.

In other business, council will have a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. and second reading over the development of Communities at Glenross.

The developer, Pulte Homes, is requesting a zoning amendment to the development text, amended preliminary development plan and amended preliminary subdivision plat for about 210.7 acres south of Cheshire Road between the Glenross Golf Course and railroad. The requests would yield 487 single-family dwellings of which 381 would be single-family homes and 106 would be single-family detached condominiums, which is 99 units fewer than the previously approved plan south of Cheshire Road in 2011 and would eliminate the two attached condominium developments south of Cheshire Road.

Council will consider three pieces of legislation related to the development. Homeowners in the area expressed concerns about the impact of detached condominiums on July 6 to the city of Delaware’s planning commission, which recommended the requests to council by a 4-1 vote.

From left to right, standing, are Charles Dukes, Thomas Homan and Jessica Ormeroid of the city of Delaware, speaking about improving transportation infrastructure to the Delaware County Kiwanis club in the Old Bag of Nails in May.
http://delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_kiwanis.jpgFrom left to right, standing, are Charles Dukes, Thomas Homan and Jessica Ormeroid of the city of Delaware, speaking about improving transportation infrastructure to the Delaware County Kiwanis club in the Old Bag of Nails in May.

By Brandon Klein

[email protected]

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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