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Ohio Local Government Structures

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Just now, SWOH said:

Isn't that the definition of freeloading?

 

No - the definition of freeloading is taking goods, services, etc. without providing any sort of compensation for them. Township residents pay county property tax (including school district tax) and state income tax, and receive services from said entities. If you choose to live or work in a municipality instead of a township, you pay additional income tax for additional and/or improved services compared to what is available in unincorporated areas. So in a township, you are ultimately paying less and getting less. However, in practice municipalities vary wildly in terms of whether or not you receive more for your additional tax burden.

 

Overall, this variety of local governments is probably a good thing. It gives people more choices. And, at least in Cincinnati, there doesn't seem to be any sort of wealth concentration in townships. There are plenty of very poor townships and plenty of very wealthy municipalities.

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2 hours ago, BigDipper 80 said:

Cities, as a corporate entity, should have priority over unincorporated areas and should be allowed to make a relatively easy annexation attempt. If a township doesn't want to get annexed, they can incorporate (as Trotwood, Kettering and Riverside all did), but being a "de facto city" but still being a township wasn't the purpose of townships to begin with.

 

There is no reason for Ohio's cities to annex residential areas because there is no new tax revenue to be had.  In fact, most residential areas cost much more than they generate.   

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My town (Groveport) is super picky as far as annexation. The old town (pre-1950), yes. Anything commercial, yes. Apartments, yes. Newer single family over 1/2 an acre, hell to the no. If the single-familys were over $400K maybe they would... but they aren't.

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