There are 47 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 15, 2011, titled Annexation of Riverlea by Worthington backed by joint panel | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:After three months of studying ledgers and operations, a six-member commission has decided to move ahead with Worthington's annexation of Riverlea, a move that both sides say will benefit each community.
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#41 Jul 15, 2011
I agree with Voice of Reality. The article supports Reality's point.
Worthington gets 121000 annually from the taxes/fees from the Riverlea area, much of which would be soaked up by the 100000 annual maintenance expenses associated with parks etc. Worthington nets just 21000 annually.
Meanwhile, the 3 million expense of EPA mandated upgrades etc is only partially offset by assessments to Riverlea residents of 1.9 million.
With Worthington netting just 21000/year, it would take "forever" for Worthington to make up for the 1.1 million expense it is assuming.
That's a bad deal for Worthington. As a Worthington resident, I'll be voting against it.
And I commend Voice of Reality for taking the high road in the discussion.
#42 Jul 15, 2011
Totally and utterly a rotten deal for Worthington.
#43 Jul 15, 2011
Yeah, that's what the voters of the Mifflin Local School District said when it came to passing school levies. In the late 1960's Mifflin became part of Columbus.
That's the trouble with some of you conservatives. You are myopic. You can't see the big picture.
Do you really want Columbus taking over Riverlea?
#44 Jul 15, 2011
Bad analysis because you are not guaranteed that the #121,000 will continue, nor do you account for the extra cost incurred for providing those services. But more importantly, you are landlocked with no further opportunity to gain territory. In real estate, that makes it a seller's market.
But most importantly, do you really want the City of Columbus creeping up against your southern border?
#45 Jul 15, 2011
Why don't they just dissolve back into Sharon Township?
#46 Jul 16, 2011
Worthington could really cheese off the Riverlea crowd by voting to extend Olentangy Blvd south to Broadmeadows.
#48 Jul 16, 2011
The fact remains, you can't always analyze everything by short term cost. If you want to buy an acre of commercial ground near Eastland you can get it for maybey $250,000. If you want to locate near Polaris, it might be $1 million. If Worthington wants to expand, they need to pony up if for no other reason than keeping Columbus and Section 8 further away. Just look at Worthington's eastern border.
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