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 - Crestline, ship at odd town Jackson Twp. irked...
Crestline, ship at odd town Jackson Twp. irked by bill for services, annexation plan By K.O. Jackson - News Journal JACKSON TOWNSHIP It doesnt matter if the issue is the township's emergency services bill from Crestline, the city's plan to annex part of the township or the city's threat of leaving the township, township, Francis Walker doesn't doesn't think it's right. "If (Crestline officials) talk about leaving us, maybe we should boycott their businesses. They'll go under. We spend a lot of money there," Walker said at Thursday -night's -night's Jackson Jackson Township trustees' meeting in Crestline. "We used to get along swell. But what's going on now isn't right at all It doesnt make sense." Township officials say the relationship is becoming becoming costly for the township's township's 400 residents. Township Clerk Kathleen Kathleen F. Paynter presented figures showing the township's township's bill for using Crest-line's Crest-line's Crest-line's fire and emergency service increased from $10,950 to $31,866 between 1997 to 2003. Crestline City Council-woman Council-woman Council-woman Jan Maddy said the increases came after many years of no change in cost. "We needed to raise the cost (Jackson Township) may be like Jefferson Township and decide to pull out, but then they would not have coverage. The current contract goes through 2003," said Maddy, who attended Thursday night's meeting. Last year, Jefferson Township opted out of a contract for fire and emergency emergency services from Crestline Crestline after Crestline raised the rates for coverage. Many Jackson Township residents also disapprove of a plan that would allow blanket annexation of property property adjacent to Crestline's city limits into the city, rather than doing it on an individual basis. Crestline already takes up a good portion of the Crawford County township. township. According to statistics from the Crawford County Auditor's Office, about 75 percent of the personal property and real estate tax Jackson Township generates generates comes from within Crestline's corporation limits. limits. But township officials Thursday night said township township residents in Crestline generate only 27 percent of the total revenue available to the township. Annexation could lead to dissolution of the township because of loss of tax dollars. dollars. Maddy said annexation is bound to happen anyway. "There are people who want to come into the city and they are being blocked," Maddy said. ' "There is land being developed developed along (U.S.) 30. We want to be there, and there are people who want to be in the city." While some residents think Crestline withdrawing withdrawing from the township is only a threat, Trustee Jim Greter offered another opinion. "I was there when (Crestline City Council was) talking about it," he said. "I am serious; they are serious." kjackson a (419)521-7240 (419)521-7240 (419)521-7240

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  1. News-Journal,
  2. 22 Nov 2002, Fri,
  3. Page 6

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