All Plymouth County drainage districts to be taxed for cleaning

Posted April 25, 2013 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the decisions supervisors made as the Drainage Board.

Plymouth County Supervisors unanimously approved special tax assessments on the county’s three drainage districts.

Therefore, Akron, Hinton and Westfield residents will see their property taxes increase beginning with their 2013-2014 property taxes.

Because of the assessment amounts, supervisors will hold public meetings for Hinton and Westfield landowners who own parcels within the drainage districts.

The public is invited to attend the Hinton Drainage District Meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., May 9 at the Hinton Community Center.

The Westfield Drainage District Meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., May 16 at the Westfield Community Center.

Akron landowners will only receive letters about the assessment.

The assessments will begin collection with the 2013-2014 taxes.

Akron Drainage District

There will be a few more landowners receiving this special drainage assessment for the drainage ditch which runs just south of South Street through Akron.

In addition to all city residents, the newly annexed land of Dan and Donna Utesch, who live on 160th Street, which South Street turns into outside the city limits on the southeastern edge of Akron, will be included in this special assessment. Furthermore, agricultural land owners Bob Frerichs (husband of Iola), John Lucken and Bill Michael will be assessed for the drainage ditch work.

Much of the work removing trees and debris from the drainage ditch has been completed in previous years, explained Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe.

According to Plymouth County Auditor Stacey Feldman, the Akron Drainage District Fund has a balance of approximately $12,000.

Akron drainage ditch needs little work at this time, according to Rohe. There are just a few trees to clean up as most have already been removed.

It’s mainly maintenance work — keeping the volunteer trees from growing, he said.

It was noted city officials and the Akron firefighters burn the drainage ditch area periodically which also helps with maintenance.

It was estimated there were about 500 parcels in the Akron Drainage District.

Since this is mainly a maintenance project and there is a fund balance, Supervisor Craig Anderson suggested assessing each landowner $10 per parcel per year for two years. Supervisor Jack Guenthner seconded it, and the vote was unanimous, 5-0.

Editor’s Note: In the maps below, the drainage districts are outlined in red.

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