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Chesapeake abandons annexation

Proposal
Jun. 14, 2013 @ 12:18 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — The village of Chesapeake has pretty much given up on a proposal to annex the West Chesapeake area, Mayor Dick Gilpin said Thursday.

“It’s on the back burner,” Gilpin said. “If it occurs, it has to come from the homeowners down there. The village is not going to proceed with it right now. Maybe we could take it up later.”

Steve Wyant of Township Road 1412, Chesapeake, opposes the annexation plan. Some of his neighbors feel the same way, he said.

“We talked to a lot of people,” Wyant said. “No one wanted it. Most people feel it would raise their taxes. Mine would have gone up about $100 a year. A neighbor said her property taxes would go up about $200.

“I’ve lived here all my life,” Wyant said. “I don’t see the need for it.”

Dan Jeffries, a homeowner in the area proposed for annexation, said earlier he wouldn’t object to the annexation plans. He said it would be an opportunity to grow the village and improve services.

If the annexation had been approved, Union Township would have lost tax revenues.

Chesapeake Village Council voted to look into the issue, but subsequently tabled the measure, Gilpin said.

The proposal called for the annexation of several hundred homes along County Road 1 west of Chesapeake to the Lawrence County Airpark. The homes are located in Union Township.

Several Union Township trustees also opposed the annexation issue.

Terry Porter, a township trustee, said the township has a bigger tax base than the village and could respond more quickly to public issues.

The village could have extended police protection to the area, Gilpin said earlier.

Chesapeake would have had to get 60 percent of the homeowners to agree to the annexation proposal for it to be approved. The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners also would have to sign off on the proposal.

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