FROM TRUSTEE DANTONIO:
Dear Genoa Taxpayers:
Earlier this year: Genoa Trustees passed Resolution No. 18-0409001 on April 9th and overturned the Zoning Commission’s recommendation and approved a divergence to Genoa’s Zoning Map to re-zone seven parcels of land near the intersection of Tussic Street Road and Oxbow Road from Rural Residential to Planned Residential Development to build 64 residential homes.
Several Genoa taxpayers disagreed with the Trustees’ decision and circulated a petition to place a referendum on ballot to overturn the Trustees’ decision.
Delaware County Board of Elections certified the required number of signatures for the petition and the referendum will be on November, 2018 ballot for Genoa voters to decide if they agree or disagree with the Trustees’ decision approving the divergence and re-zoning.
Genoa Trustees’ passed Resolution No. 18-0705007 on July 5th and approved a new natural gas aggregation contract with Volunteer Energy from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020.
Eligible natural gas accounts are automatically enrolled in the new contract and no action is necessary. However, eligible natural gas accounts not wanting to be automatically enrolled in the new contract must take action to “opt-out” of the new contract.
Genoa Trustees passed Resolution No. 18-0719003 on July 19th to place an 0.08 mil new property tax bond levy on the November, 2018 ballot to build a new police facility – estimated to cost $7,000,000.
0.08 mil equals $0.08 (8 cents) per $100 of residential and commercial property tax valuation.
Genoa’s Zoning Commission started reviewing the 2016 Comprehensive (Land Use) Plan and 2013 Zoning Resolution to make sure both documents are consistent. The Zoning Commission is expected to forward recommendations to the Trustees by December, 2018.
Taxpayers interested in providing input, thoughts, and / or comments are encouraged to attend Zoning Commission’s meetings (second Monday of each month) and / or email the members of the Zoning Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Columbus and Ohio Department of Natural Resources significantly expanded and made several improvements for parking, boating, fishing, walking, picnicking, and sightseeing at the Oxbow Road Boat Ramp.
During construction of the new boat ramp area, heavy construction vehicles damaged Oxbow Road (a township road). However, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources agreed to pay for the damage and repaved Oxbow Road. Oxbow Road and the new boat ramp are now open for everyone’s use.
Trustees’ regular meetings will continue to be at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month through December 31st, 2018. In an attempt to better serve Genoa taxpayers, Trustees have changed the date and time for the second regular meeting of each month beginning January 1, 2019. The Trustees regular meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. for the first Thursday of each month and at 8:30 a.m. for the third Thursday of each month.
Trustees are elected to represent Genoa’s taxpayers and therefore all Genoa taxpayers are encouraged to attend Trustees’ bi-monthly meetings and provide input. If you cannot attend a Trustees’ meeting, please contact one or all of the Trustees (contact information provided at the end of the newsletter) with your thoughts, comments, and / or opinions.
Frank Dantonio, Vice-Chairperson
PROPERTY TAXES EXPLAINED
Genoa Township receives the vast majority of its revenue funding from property taxes assessed by the Delaware County Auditor and collected by the Delaware County Treasurer.
Genoa Township is divided into three primary taxing districts corresponding to the three school districts located in Genoa. Unlike various municipalities and school districts in Ohio, townships are not statutorily permitted to enact an income tax.
For 2017, Genoa Township’s combined effective tax millage rate before the calculation of any property tax credits was $12.15 per $1,000 of assessed property tax valuation (not market valuation).
Big Walnut School District also imposes an additional 0.75% school district income tax.
Genoa township’s combined property tax millage is allocated to support the Police, Fire, EMS, Roads & Bridges, Zoning, Parks, and Administration Departments.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS: THE COW WHISPERERS
Written by: Marissa Koci, Communications Intern
Long before Tom and Laurie Schneider moved in, cows outnumbered people at 6555 Tussic Road. The family dates their home, built on the site of a dairy farm, to the late 1800’s. Honoring that history, Tom’s father presented him with four handmade wooden cows in 1988.
Playfully, Tom and his daughter Anna began displaying the cows as though they had taken on a life of their own. Drive by and odds are the expanded herd of nine cows will be up to mischief: climbing a tree, pulling a sleigh, or heading out for a boat ride to the delight of commuters.
The cows’ antics have made them local celebrities as evidenced by a keepsake box full of letters the family has saved; most addressed directly to the cows and one to the “Cow Whisperers”. The Schneiders have whispered to more than just cows by rousing a smile from many neighbors and creating a landmark point of pride in Genoa Township.
Genoa residents will see two local issues on the November ballot including a bond issue to support the construction of a new police station and a referendum on the rezoning for the Ravines at Hoover.
The word on the street is that the kids are back to school! It seems everybody is talking about it and asking about what we do to keep your kids safe. We have two officers assigned full time as school resource officers and they both care deeply about the safety and well-being of your kids.
Officer Joe Graham is starting his 8th year as the school resource officer and has a great relationship with the school staff and students. Because of this relationship he is often aware of and able to resolve potential problems before they occur.
Officer Jason Berner is starting his 4th year at Genoa Middle School and also has a great rapport with everyone in the school. Jason hosts pizza parties for students and looks for new ways to reach out to students to let them know he is there to help them and protect them.
You can help us protect our school children by watching your speeds in the school zones and slowing down when the lights are flashing. We will be increasing enforcement in school zones and issuing tickets to speeders.
We look forward to a great school year and will keep your kids’ safety our top priority!
Chief of Police
DEVELOPMENT & ZONING
Hawks Nest Plan Approved:
A plan to construct a new residential neighborhood, The Hawks Nest at Highland Lakes, has been granted final development approval. The neighborhood will be constructed by Bob Webb Homes on the southwest corner of Worthington and Big Walnut Roads and will consist of 30 single-family condominium units spread across approximately 18 acres. Demolition of the old Day Spring Church and two existing homes has already been completed in preparation for the development expected to begin construction this fall.
Harris Automotive to Relocate:
Harris Automotive Repair will soon relocate just two parcels to the east of their current Genoa Township location to a new 5,868 square foot facility which is currently under construction on Maxtown Road. The business hopes to be open in their new location by fall 2018.
Yard waste drop off will take place at the Safety Complex throughout the month of November. Dumpsters will be available to collect leaves, branches and other organics. No plastic bags or pots, please, as the collected material will be composted.
FIRE, EMS & RESCUE
Join Genoa Township Firefighters in recognizing Fire Prevention Week by visiting the Station Open House held in conjunction with Trick or Treat Village on Saturday, October 27th from 12noon to 3pm. Firefighters will host activities including touch a truck, obstacle course, and live fire demonstration.
Board of Trustees
Trustee Connie M. Goodman, Chair 614-568-2024 email@example.com
Trustee Frank Dantonio, Vice Chair 614-568-2026 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustee Karl R. Gebhardt 614-568-2025 email@example.com
Fiscal Officer, Patrick Myers 614-568-2023 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Wise, Township Administrator 614-568-2021 email@example.com
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