December 12, 2018

Commissioners deny annexation; approve Milford amendment

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 12, 2018) – In two significant actions today, Clermont County Commissioners:

Voted 2-1 to deny a petition to annex 96 acres from Stonelick Township to the Village of Owensville. Commissioners Ed Humphrey and David Painter voted for the denial. Commissioner David Uible opposed it.

Annexation

The petition for the annexation was filed on Aug. 20 by Rick McEvoy, the agent for the petitioners. Of the 13 owners of the properties to be annexed, seven were in favor of it. Under Ohio Revised Code, a simple majority is needed to file for annexation.

At a Public Hearing before the Commissioners on Nov. 14, Michael Minniear, attorney for the petitioners, spoke on behalf of the property owners who were requesting the annexation. Owensville Police Chief Michael Freeman addressed how the village was prepared to provide services to the property owners if the annexation was approved.

Nine residents of Stonelick Township, including Township Trustees Naomi Stahl and Kermit Beckworth Jr., spoke against the annexation.

Lodging tax

Under the amendment passed today, the monies from the lodging tax, which have been collected since October, will stay in a savings account managed by the County Auditor, until Milford issues debt on the 23-acre property inside the city. FC Cincinnati is building a training facility, youth academy and soccer fields on the property. The total purchase price of the property was $5 million, of which Milford was to pay $3.5 million and FC Cincinnati $1.5 million. The lodging tax proceeds were to be used by Milford to pay off its debt.

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