UP: It’s better to be richer than to be poorer, and that includes the Hancock County treasury. Auditor Charity Rauschenberg reports that sales tax collections last year were $12.5 million, up 3.1 percent from 2012. It’s good news for the rest of us, too. Higher sales tax collections mean, well, higher sales, which come from an improving economy, which helps make us all richer.

DOWN: Winter.

UP: We must give credit where credit is due. Findlay City Council broke from tradition at its last meeting by giving two spending-related ordinances the first of three required readings instead of hurrying passage of the legislation. That’s noteworthy, since council normally rushes to approve such legislation. We happen to like the old-fashioned way of giving most bills three readings, which provides an opportunity for the public to know what’s going on before council gives the go-ahead. We hope the practice continues.

DOWN: We’re troubled by the recent death of a Toledo man whose body was found in a pickup truck near a Trenton Avenue restaurant. While the death was ruled due to natural causes, the man apparently died on or about Jan. 4. The fact that he wasn’t found until Jan. 17 means he had been there approximately two weeks. That’s hard to imagine, considering the vehicle was parked in a high-traffic area.

UP: United Way of Hancock County is scheduling groups to participate in “community conversations” as part of its assessment process. The information gathered at the community conversations will be used to determine the future scope of United Way of Hancock County’s work. John Urbanski, United Way’s president and CEO, said it is important for United Way to understand the issues facing the community and allow individuals to share their thoughts. The conversations follow a “kitchen table” style, meaning they are informal and encourage openness to all opinions. We like the idea that the United Way is making the effort to listen. We hope the community makes the effort to speak up.


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