Two simple words that are often spoken from the perspective of approval and appreciation. I am thankful for the key members of the public and private sectors who came together to propel our community forward. It is through the collaboration of the Allen County Water District, City of Lima, Board of Allen County Commissioners and the Greater Lima Region (GLR) that the tap fee structure has been reduced by an impressive 83 percent. Previously, combined tap fees for new construction were $8,900, and now residents will only pay $1,500.
This collaboration positions our area as open for business and residential growth. By working together, we were able to accelerate the progress.
The Greater Lima Region Board is committed to growing our workforce by 22,000 employees by 2024 to meet the expected demand. To do this, we will continue to work collaboratively to become one of the most livable communities in the Midwest and be recognized as an ideal location for new businesses to locate and existing businesses to expand. A common theme of these three goals is the importance of available housing. The lower tap fees will have a significant impact on our community, promoting residential development, and in turn, workforce development.
Available housing is vital when recruiting new businesses and individuals to the area. One of the key priorities of prospective companies is the available housing inventory. By decreasing our tap fees, we are breaking down barriers to new housing development and are clearly positioning our region as being open for business.
On behalf of The Greater Lima Region Board, I want to again extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Allen County Water District, the City of Lima and the Board of Allen County Commissioners for dedicating their time and energy to promoting residential growth. When people come together, it truly is amazing how we can accomplish more for our region.
Michael D. Swick is the chairman of the Greater Lima Region Board and president and CEO of Lima Memorial Health Systems