LIMA — Elida Elementary School will now officially be annexed into Elida.
In the last step of the lengthy process, Allen County commissioners approved allowing Elida’s new 40-acre elementary school site to be annexed into the Village of Elida during their Tuesday morning meeting. The county’s approval was the last step needed to complete the lengthy annexation process, which began back in April after the two entities came to an agreement concerning the move.
Under that agreement, the Village of Elida is allowing a 10-year tax abatement on income tax for current employees at the new elementary school. Consequently, the Elida School District will now buy sewer and water services from the village at its standard rate.
The agreement, however, will not help any new employees of the school, as it only applies to those currently working with the district.
While the annexation is now approved, school administrators last year had initially rejected such a move calling it “purely a money grab” by the village because of the additional income tax required for those working within village limits. Such concerns have since been removed with the new agreement in place.
The new elementary school, currently under construction, is expected to be ready for students by the beginning of the next school year.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.