October 3, 2002
and trustees unanimously ratify economic development pact
Village Council and
the Miami Township trustees Monday unanimously approved an agreement that
allows the two governments to work together to promote economic development
in certain areas of the township.
Under the agreement,
called a cooperative economic development agreement, or CEDA, both the
Village and Township will provide services to designated areas and receive
tax and utility revenue from any developments arising from the pact.
The 10-year agreement
highlights the continued interest of Village and Township officials in
promoting economic development as a way to increase the tax base and create
more jobs. Officials have said the CEDA is a tool to proactively work
together to attract commercial enterprises to this area.
Village Manager Rob
Hillard said the agreement puts us on the map in terms of economic
Both properties border
the village limits on the west. Officials have said it was important to
designate development areas that are adjacent to Yellow Springs to help
preserve the agricultural nature of Miami Township.
Council and the trustees
approved the new agreement during a short special meeting Sept. 30. There
was little discussion on the agreement, though several officials suggested
that the passage of the CEDA marks a spirit of cooperation between the
Township and Village.
Lamar Spracklen, president
of the Miami Township Board of Trustees, said the agreement is an opportunity
for the Village and Township to enter into a new era, so to speak.
Tony Arnett said lately the governments have been seeing a lot of
formal cooperation thats echoing informal cooperation that has been
going on for some time.
Council member George
Pitstick said the most important part of the agreement is that it establishes
a cooperative atmosphere between the Village and Township, which, he said,
could reassure developers that the governments wont be fighting
about development or annexation issues.
Such animosity, in
the past, could turn people off, Pitstick said. Instead, he
said, Council and the trus¨tees will work in the best interest
of the village and township.
It is not clear how
the governments will work together to promote the agreement or bring future
business development here. Spracklen said the parties will follow the
agreement and work together. Specifically what you do is yet to
be determined, he said.
In fact, the agreement
contains no specific measures or plans from which the governments can
start to promote development. The agreement says that both governments
will share in the costs of promoting economic development within the areas
designated in the CEDA.
to write a press release announcing the new agreement that will be distributed
to area news media.
Hillard and Hoover
also said it is now important to market the properties as available for
commercial development. This effort could occur through the Greene County
development department and American Municipal Power of Ohio, the Villages
wholesale power distributor, which also has an economic development office.
Hillard said he hopes the Village can attract existing businesses in Ohio
and in the region as well as help provide space for local businesses that
want to expand.
Hoover said it is
unlikely that a development will be built in the next year, though she
called a two-year time period optimistic and three as doable.
The CEDA does not
contain an actual development project, nor does it say how a project would
be constructed. Rather it provides a framework through which the Village
and Township would work together to encourage commercial development,
from which both governments would benefit financially.
For instance, portions
of the properties designated for development in the agreement will eventually
be annexed into Yellow Springs. Under the terms of the agreement, the
trustees will not oppose or fight annexation. Only land intended for commercial
use could be annexed into town as part of the CEDA. The agreement clearly
says residential development cannot occur through the CEDA.
The Village will provide
water and sewer services to the annexed properties. The agreement says
the property owners or developers will have to provide the utility distribution
systems to future developments. In addition, the Village will provide
police protection, street lighting and other services.
Miami Township agrees
to provide fire and EMS protection, snow removal and some road maintenance
The Township will
receive property and real estate taxes equivalent to the amount of money
the Township would have received if any of the properties had remained
in Miami Township. The agreement says Council and the trustees have to
agree to provide to a developer any incentives, including tax abatements,
that would affect the Townships revenue from the CEDA.
Without annexing land
into Yellow Springs, economic development can not occur under the CEDA.
In a letter to Mucher, Suzanne Schmidt, a senior assistant prosecuting
attorney with the Greene County prosecutors office, said the Village
can not levy its income tax on a property unless it is annexed and becomes
part of Yellow Springs.