ELIDA — Mayor Kim Hardy told The Lima News on Monday that the village of Elida is willing to start working on water and sewer tap-ins for the new Elida Elementary School under construction near Pioneer Road, just as soon as the school district submits a letter of intent to annex into the village.
The Elida Village Council agreed to uphold its annexation ordinance during a special meeting held Nov. 5, after which the Elida schools board granted permission to its superintendent to consider litigation against the village.
At issue is the village’s 0.75% income tax, which staff at the new elementary school would have to pay if the school is annexed into the village. Elida schools Superintendent Joel Mengerink described the annexation requirement as a “money grab” and an “overstep.”
Hardy defended the annexation ordinance, which he said would allow Elida schools to pay an inside rate for water and sewer service. And he said the income tax would help support the village in return for the financial support village residents and the surrounding community have already offered to Elida schools.