State declares Portage in financial emergency - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

State declares Portage in financial emergency

By Justin Michaels - bio | email

PORTAGTE (WTOL) - Portage sits just south of Bowling Green in Wood County. Over the past few years, some bad financial decisions have left the village with a nearly $140,000 deficit.

As of Wednesday, April 8, Portage is getting some help from Columbus as it tries to get out of the red.

"The services in town are great. The streets get plowed in winter time. They clean the streets. They cut the grass," resident David Haas said. Those everyday services may be to blame for the village of portage experiencing the $136,000 deficit.

To correct the problem, the state auditor has declared Portage to be in a financial emergency. "A lot of times, they were taking money out of one place that belonged in another, and it wasn't because of any malfeasance. I just believe they didn't understand how to do it," Haas told us.

Haas owns a downtown garage and has been appointed to the village council. He says Portage is grateful the state is stepping in. "It is really good to get state help, and I believe it is mandated by the state that they have to step in."

Haas adds the village isn't just expecting handouts from the state though. He believes former councils left the village in this predicament, and the current council is working hard to fix this. "I know that the city council and the mayor are working on the problems as we speak. I know they've instituted a 1% income tax, and also they're looking into annexing north and south."

With the financial emergency, the auditors office will appoint a board of commissioners to work with the village to get their finances in line. "I believe that it's a good thing for everybody included because we wasn't to keep the services up for the citizens here, and we want Portage to continue to be a village," Haas said.

Now that Portage is officially in a financial emergency, the state has 45 days to appoint a commission to help create a plan to fix the financial trouble and create a balanced budget. Then the village has 120 days to submit that plan to the state for approval. So this process could run for several months to come.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Ohio Department of Health observes increase in cases of hepatitis A tied to certain risk factors

    Ohio Department of Health observes increase in cases of hepatitis A tied to certain risk factors

    Friday, June 22 2018 5:37 PM EDT2018-06-22 21:37:11 GMT
    As of June 20, the Ohio Department of Health showed Lucas County with 20 hepatitis A cases. (SOURCE: ODH)As of June 20, the Ohio Department of Health showed Lucas County with 20 hepatitis A cases. (SOURCE: ODH)
    As of June 20, the Ohio Department of Health showed Lucas County with 20 hepatitis A cases. (SOURCE: ODH)As of June 20, the Ohio Department of Health showed Lucas County with 20 hepatitis A cases. (SOURCE: ODH)
    The Ohio Department of Health has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors. Ohio is reporting 79 hepatitis A cases associated with the outbreak so far this year, almost double the number of cases reported during all of last year. As of June 20, ODH data show Lucas County with 20 cases and Hancock County with five cases. Other counties cited were Wood with three, Ottawa with two, and Sandusky, Sene...More >>
    The Ohio Department of Health has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors. Ohio is reporting 79 hepatitis A cases associated with the outbreak so far this year, almost double the number of cases reported during all of last year. As of June 20, ODH data show Lucas County with 20 cases and Hancock County with five cases. Other counties cited were Wood with three, Ottawa with two, and Sandusky, Sene...More >>
  • Toledo judges are beginning to arm themselves more for personal safety

    Toledo judges are beginning to arm themselves more for personal safety

    Friday, June 22 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-06-22 21:35:04 GMT
    (Judge Zmuda has been a judge for 15 years. He said he has seen more judges obtaining CCW's now than ever before.)(Judge Zmuda has been a judge for 15 years. He said he has seen more judges obtaining CCW's now than ever before.)
    (Judge Zmuda has been a judge for 15 years. He said he has seen more judges obtaining CCW's now than ever before.)(Judge Zmuda has been a judge for 15 years. He said he has seen more judges obtaining CCW's now than ever before.)

    A simple accident at the Scott Park Gun range has many wondering if the job of a judge is becoming more dangerous.  

    More >>

    A simple accident at the Scott Park Gun range has many wondering if the job of a judge is becoming more dangerous.  

    More >>
  • VIDEO: Milo the pig at center of family's fight in Sylvania Township

    VIDEO: Milo the pig at center of family's fight in Sylvania Township

    Friday, June 22 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-06-22 21:04:29 GMT

    After a Sylvania Township family received notice that their pet pig is not permitted under Sylvania Township ordinances, they've taken the pig's plight public with a petition drive. The Crandell family are the keepers of Milo, who is deemed as both a pet and an emotional support animal for Todd Crandell. After a neighbor called Sylvania Township officials to report Milo, the family was informed they had 30 days to get rid of him. Sylvania Township has an ordinance that prevent...

    More >>

    After a Sylvania Township family received notice that their pet pig is not permitted under Sylvania Township ordinances, they've taken the pig's plight public with a petition drive. The Crandell family are the keepers of Milo, who is deemed as both a pet and an emotional support animal for Todd Crandell. After a neighbor called Sylvania Township officials to report Milo, the family was informed they had 30 days to get rid of him. Sylvania Township has an ordinance that prevent...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly