Some residents of Scioto Twp believe it is a "tax grab"
A proposal to create a Joint Economic Development agreement for the Pickaway County areas of Scioto Township and Commercial Point, along with Grove City in Franklin County, is drawing fire from some residents in the township.
Resident Brian Liff, who is also a corrections officer at the state prison in Orient, says this is the townships way of running an "end-round" to make up $1 million lost when the prison changed squad and fire contracts from the township to a private contractor, since it was much less cost. Voters also rejected fire tax levies by the township on three occasions.
The township trustees have already approved the JED, and now a vote is coming from council of Commercial Point and Grove City.
Liff says if the government entities won't stop the move, he wants to see voters get a chance at a referendum on the matter.