CADIZ Tax increment financing (TIF) ordinances were a subject of discussion at Thursday night's village council meeting. Three identical ordinances for South End, East End, and Uptown were adopted to declare the improvement of certain real property located in the village to be a public purpose; to declare such property exempt from real property taxation and designate specific public infrastructure improvements that, once made, will directly benefit the parcels for which improvements are to be declared.

CADIZ Tax increment financing (TIF) ordinances were a subject of discussion at Thursday night's village council meeting. Three identical ordinances for South End, East End, and Uptown were adopted to declare the improvement of certain real property located in the village to be a public purpose; to declare such property exempt from real property taxation and designate specific public infrastructure improvements that, once made, will directly benefit the parcels for which improvements are to be declared.

The ordinances will require annual service payments in lieu of taxes, establishing a municipal public improvement tax increment equivalent fund. Vorys representative Chris Connelly worked with County Auditor Patrick Moore to identify which parcels they need to file tax exemption applications for.

Rich Milleson of the Community Improvement Corporation reported that the Harrison County Commissioners signed a lease with Ohio Gathering, LLC for acreage near the county garage. The lease will expand the company's Cadiz facilities to include property near the vocational school and near the airport.

"It is a good project for the village," Milleson said.

The Cadiz fire department has gained four new members, as well as a new thermal camera. Fire department members will undergo meth lab response training this coming Saturday in Hopedale. The police department has obtained a new cruiser, but is waiting on equipment ordered for the vehicle. Two other cruisers are expected to be added to the department, but have been delayed due to miscommunication with the dealership.

The street department will be purchasing a new backhoe, to be paid for using the equipment fund. The backhoe currently in use will be put to use permanently in the park, where it is already often borrowed from the street department.

The council approved a request by the Cadiz Business Association for use of uptown streets during the Christmas Parade, which will be Dec. 7.

The next council meeting will be Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Warner can be reached at mwarner@timesleaderonline.com

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