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Boardman considers charging fees to businesses based on their drain on services



Published: Sun, April 18, 2010 @ 11:36 a.m.

By DENISE DICK

denise_dick@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

The township is looking for ways to ensure developers or businesses that put a drain on resources help foot the bill.

One possibility is development impact fees on new or expanding businesses or subdivisions. These fees would be assessed to a property owner based on the projected impact the development will have on community services.

Administrator Jason Loree said the township has asked the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s office to research such fees to determine whether the township should pursue them.

“We’re a home-rule township,” Loree said. “We can do a lot things that cities can do.”

Loree said the township isn’t singling out any company. But the idea was broached with WalMart officials who visited about a month ago to talk about expanding the Doral Drive store into a super store.

The company hasn’t submitted any blueprints or plans to the township, Loree said.

Wal-Mart officials couldn’t be reached last week.

A printout of police dispatch calls to the discount store shows 640 calls between January 2009 and last week. The calls include accidents, abandoned vehicles and fraud, but most are for shoplifting.

“Every time there’s a shoplifting call there, we lose a police officer off of the streets for one to two hours,” said Trustee Thomas Costello.

If officers respond to a private-property crash at the same time, that’s another officer off of the road, he said.

“If we have six or seven officers on the road and two of them are there, that’s a third of our department” that’s on duty, on patrol at one time, Costello said.

The township believes that the owner should help pay for that, he said.

When Loree and trustees traveled earlier this year to Columbus for the annual Ohio Township Association meeting, they spoke with representatives of other townships that use impact fees.

One of those townships is Hamilton in southwest Ohio, also a home rule township.

That township enacted the fees in 2007 and the implementation survived a court challenge late last year.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


Comments

1joat(30 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

what a brilliant idea!
What faster way to get businesses to relocate out of Boardman?
-The township believes that the owner should help pay for that, he said-
Do owners not already do that in the form of paying taxes for the right to use/consume those services? For every Wal-Mart that ties up a police officer for a shoplifting case, there are a thousand businesses that don't/won't call the police a single time in a year (or 3, 5, 7, 10 years). Why not just put toll booths at every entrance into Boardman? Cut to the chase!

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2Rokscout(310 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"based on their drain on services"... I read that above, did you not? Taxes give you a right to police service, but not to have police at your residence/business, every single day, multiple times a day. Boardman residents should be behind this 100% since they have to wait when they call for service, due to officers being tied up at SOME of these businesses.

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3CassAnn(252 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This is a stupid idea! In the current economy any type of fee that discourages businesses to settle or stay around here is a BAD idea. If people don't have jobs, the need for those services will quadruple to deal with THEFT. Youngstown is a prime example of what happens when businesses leave.

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4UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

What a nice way to chase businesses out of an area or keep them from coming into an area with jobs. We need jobs more then more Taxes & Fees and if I have to wait a few minutes for a police officer while they arrest some shop lifter so be it. Another stupid move Boardman!

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5northsideperson(365 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Some people just can't be pleased. They complain when taxes appear to to redistribute wealth, and they complain when taxes are based on resource usage. You have to pay for the police somehow, or do without.

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6boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

701 posts that all say the same thing. You must be very proud, hope. Maybe you yourself should lay off the dope.

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7NilesOhio(709 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Instead of the burden being placed on the businesses, how about burdening those who actually caused the problem. In the cited case for Wal-Mart, it would be the shoplifter. When they get to court, hit them with the "rendered services" bill.

Why should a business be punished for doing exactly what the police departments ask them to do?

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8Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Have you ever noticed that about 95 % of the people arrested at Walmart are from Youngstown. Why don't they just put up TOLL BOOTHS as you enter Boardman from Youngstown. That should solve the budget crisis in Boardman.

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