Tallmadge officials outline JEDD deal for Valley officials

Tallmadge officials outline JEDD deal for Valley officials

LIBERTY — Officials with the city of Tallmadge told government officials from the Mahoning Valley how a joint economic development district deal with a neighboring township improved the finances of both communities.

But the JEDD deal that Tallmadge, a city primarily in Summit County with a portion in Portage County, has with Brimfield, a Portage County township that it borders, is unlikely to occur in this area. That’s because Tallmadge’s JEDD takes in two-thirds of the township and includes existing businesses.

Efforts for local JEDD agreements for specific sections of townships — such as the proposed racino in Austintown — have gone nowhere.

“There’s real resistance here to doing JEDDs with existing businesses,” said Tony Paglia, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s vice president of government and media affairs.

The chamber sponsored today’s JEDD forum at the Liberty Township Administration Building.

A JEDD allows the taxation of workers and companies to be split between cities or villages and townships at businesses in those townships in exchange for infrastructure development.

For the complete story read Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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