Obetz enacts economic development plan

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By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer

Obetz City Council adopted an economic development plan enabling the city to proceed with approving a tax increment financing incentive district.

“So this is the beginning of how these things work,” said Obetz City Administrator Rod Davisson. “The first thing is we’re statutorily required to do an economic development plan.

That’s what this is. It’s the beginning of all that is statutorily required, the beginning of being able to do the TIFs (tax increment finance) of the CRA (community reinvestment area) and the other ordinances. And that’s why they have to go with this specific work. I know we’ve talked about these things a million times. I know the language is confusing if you don’t do this all the time. When you see service payments in lieu of taxes, those are called PILOT payments. Those are the things where you erase the tax and then you replace it with a PILOT, which is for the exact same amount of the erased tax plus, in this case, five additional mills. So that’s it. And I know we talk about it a bunch, but I just want to make sure everybody understands.”

Several ordinances were tabled to make sure they are passed in the correct order.

The CRA ordinance was tabled to May 9 to wait on the housing survey that goes along with this. The TIF ordinance involving the schools was tabled to May 23 to be able to give the school board notice. The ordinance that allows the city to TIF its own land is tabled to May 23 to be able to get the notices out. The commercial TIF ordinance was tabled to May 23 to be able to give the county a 45 day notice.

Other news
•The Obetz Police will receive body cameras. It will cost the city $225,000 over the next five years, or $45,000 per year, to purchase the cameras and store the software and recordings and make recordings available to the public. A grant from the state of Ohio for $79,000 was secured to offset the costs, which will pay for the first year and a half of the program.

•Sheetz North is coming to Obetz. It will be located on the west side of Alum Creek Drive and south of Industrial Center Drive near the Ohio Health on a little over three acres with one acre of green space. The building will be an approximately 6,000 square foot convenience store with a drive thru and 32 parking spaces and six gas pumps. A new car wash will be located in the same location as the existing car wash. Froehlich Boulevard will be extended down to Lindsay Road, where patrons will be able to get out at the signalized intersection on Alum Creek Drive. Construction on the new Sheetz will be completed in approximately a year and a half.

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