By DENISE GRANT
The Hancock County commissioners established tap fees Thursday for businesses connecting to the sewer line in the new Distribution Drive industrial park.
Commissioner Phillip Riegle said the fees are the same as for any other sewer taps in the county. A fee of $5,500 will be charged for residential units connecting to the gravity sewer, and a $1,000 per acre fee for any future industrial or residential developments not included in the tax increment financing area.
A tax increment financing plan allows additional real estate tax revenue, created by new development in a specific area, to be diverted from public entities like schools and townships, and used to finance infrastructure improvements.
The commissioners agreed to finance infrastructure for Findlay’s new Ohio Logistics Business Park through a tax increment financing plan. It is expected to take 10 years to pay off the nearly $2 million in debt.
Ohio Logistics, at 12560 Distribution Drive, built a 125,000-square-foot addition on the north side of its warehouse, and a 130,000-square-foot warehouse to the east of its building. The expansion is expected to create 35 to 45 jobs, with the company to begin occupying the new warehouses this month.
The 47-acre industrial park is north of Hancock County 99 and east of Ball Metal and the CSX railroad tracks.
The park will include the existing 21-acre Ohio Logistics warehouse tract. Five lots on the east side of Distribution Drive will be for use by other businesses to be recruited.
Separately Thursday, the commissioners approved the sale of equipment formerly used by the Hancock County Engineer’s Office.
The equipment, including a 1960 grader, plasma cutter, flip-deck mower, drill press, two tool boxes, a traffic arrow board and two air compressors, will be sold by online auction at GovDeals.
All of the equipment is valued at less than $2,500.
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