By JIM MAURER
More than a dozen Findlay business leaders attended Tuesday’s meeting of the Hancock County commissioners to urge them to move forward with efforts to continue the 0.25 percent sales tax allocation for flood control.
County voters approved a half-percent sales tax increase in 2009 with the revenue split evenly between flood reduction and county general operations.
That tax expires at the end of 2018 and will have to be approved by voters in order to be continued.
The business leaders are members of the Findlay-Hancock County Advisory Board, an economic development support organization, which sent a letter to the commissioners last week urging support for flood mitigation funding.
At Tuesday’s meeting, advisory board member Jereme Kent, founder of One Energy, used words such as “disappointed” and “frustrated” with the commissioners for their lack of public discussion about the sales tax renewal.
He said One Energy, which builds wind turbines, is “against giving up” on the flood-mitigation effort. He also urged the appointment of a county administrator.
Others voicing support included Glenn Just, Ball Corp.; Chuck Bills, Ohio Logistics; James McCracken, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.; and Paul Smith, Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Bills said Tiffin handled its flooding problem years ago and now it is “up to us.”
He praised Marathon’s commitment to stay and invest in Findlay when the company “could go anywhere.”
Bills urged a plan to solve the flooding problem and said the business leaders, city and county should work collectively on the solution.
Smith said Marathon has invested…
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