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Officials withhold tax deferral information

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials Thursday declined to identify which businesses are deferring city tax payments, or the amount they owe, claiming the information is confidential under state law. The Courier on Thursday directly asked for the names of the businesses and...

City Council clashes over tax deferrals

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council members clashed Tuesday over whether they should take a closer look at the city’s practice of deferring certain businesses’ tax payments. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische requested a committee-of-the-whole meeting so...

Water shut-off policy: Findlay plans advance

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Three people could decide whether someone’s water service should be turned off for violating junk laws in Findlay. A five-person board will hear appeals from residents who receive water termination notices. A majority vote, by three of the five...

Drug collection efforts honored

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER About 412 pounds of unused medication were collected last week in Findlay. The Hancock County Prescription Drug Abuse and Opiate Task Force recognized the people who helped make the collection possible during Tuesday’s Findlay City Council meeting....

Findlay auditor defeats GOP challenger

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER It’s Jim Staschiak. The incumbent Findlay auditor will retain his job after handily defeating At-Large Councilwoman Anne Spence in the Republican primary Tuesday. “I’m just humbled that the community has supported me this much,”...

Niemeyer wins ward race for council seat

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Jim Niemeyer will return to the 6th Ward seat on Findlay City Council after fending off a Republican challenger Tuesday. Niemeyer was appointed in October to finish an unexpired term, and on Tuesday outpolled newcomer Christina Muryn in the GOP primary....

Findlay fills engineer’s job

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Brian Thomas will become Findlay’s first city engineer since the beginning of 2012. “I’m looking forward to doing something new,” Thomas said. “I’m excited.” Thomas will start work Monday with an annual salary of...

11 city candidates unopposed

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Eleven candidates for Findlay city offices face no opposition in Tuesday’s primary, including the mayor and several City Council candidates. All but one of the unopposed candidates are Republicans. Republican Mayor Lydia Mihalik, 35, is running for...

In GOP country, big election is the primary

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Even Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Stephani admits it. “Getting a Democrat to run here is like asking them to flush $5,000 down a toilet,” she said. If Ohio’s metropolitans are where Democrats dominate, then Hancock County is where...

Levy campaigns file reports

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A committee supporting Blanchard Valley Center reports spending nearly $6,000 to promote its upcoming levy. Candidates and political organizations that spend or receive more than $1,000 during a campaign are required to file spending reports before and...