Warren trustees to look at lighting district
WARREN TOWNSHIP - Trustees will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the township administration building to discuss the possible formation of a lighting district in the Gillmer Road area.
Ohio debt raises taxes for employers
COLUMBUS - Ohio employers have been paying millions in higher taxes for the state's failure to repay a federal loan to cover unemployment benefits during the recession, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The state's failure to repay the $1.5 billion federal debt has left Ohio employers with a $272 million tax increase over the past 18 months, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Ohio taxpayers have paid an additional $136.5 million in interest on the debt since 2011, with another interest payment of $48.5 million due in September.
Employers pay state and federal payroll taxes to fund jobless benefits. But Ohio was among 36 states that didn't have enough reserves when the recession hit and were forced to borrow from the federal government to keep paying jobless benefits.
U.S. Department of Labor figures show Ohio is among 22 states owing a combined $21 billion.
Racino completing $1 million renovation
NORTH RANDALL - A $1 million renovation project will update technology and amenities on the racing floor of a northeast Ohio racino.
The work at Thistledown Racino is scheduled to be completed by July 27 in time for the 79th running of the Ohio Derby.
Owner Rock Ohio Caesars reopened the historic track this spring as Ohio's second racino.
Rock Ohio Caesars' capital investment in Thistledown will be more than $89 million when the racing floor updates are complete.
The latest renovation includes technology upgrades and installation of more than 150 high-definition 60-inch flat screen monitors to televise live Thistledown and simulcast races.
Some school employees allowed to carry guns
NEWCOMERSTOWN - Some employees of an eastern Ohio school district will be allowed to carry guns on school property under a new policy going into effect in the fall.
The Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District board recently approved a policy authorizing certain employees designated by the board and superintendent to carry guns, The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia reported.
The district released few details of the plan allowing selected employees to carry guns in a designated school safety zone.
Staff, wire reports