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West Unity annexes properties, extends CRA

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By Lucas Bechtol

Aug 31, 2022

The village of West Unity has updated its community reinvestment area (CRA) and annexed a property into its limits.

The village council has been discussing extending the CRA — which offers tax incentives for investing in real property improvements — since last year.

Earlier this month, they approved extending the CRA to include the entirety of the village limits after they successfully annexed nearly 6 acres of property into the village.

The council had initially put a hold on the village-wide CRA in order to reach out to property owners in the village’s outskirts to see if it would incentivize them to come into the village.

One property owner in Brady Township expressed interest and the council approved annexing the property during their August meeting with a 5-0 vote. Councilman Dave Short abstained due to a conflict of interest with the property owner.

Council approved a resolution extending the CRA village-wide with a 6-0 vote.

Also at the meeting, council:

• Accepted the resignation of Village Solicitor Katie Rakes and thanked her for her service. Rakes said she could extend her contract until a new solicitor is found.

• Passed an ordinance authorizing sale of real estate owned by the village.

• Passed an ordinance amending the village’s zoning map.

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