Last week, we reported the top ten communities with the lowest composite tax ranking. Here are numbers 11- 20:
11. Elida (Allen)
12. Jamestown (Greene)
13. Tipp City (Miami)
14. Fairfield (Butler)
15. Cridersville (Augliaze)/Tiltonsville (Jefferson)
16. Ottawa (Putnam)
17. Cortland (Trumbull)
18. Versailles (Darke)/Pataskala (Licking)
19. Findlay (Hancock)/Upper Sandusky (Wyandot)
20. Sylvania (Lucas)/Lebanon (Warren)
These ratings use the most recently available data for municipal income tax, school income tax, commercial/industrial property tax, residential water and sanitary sewer rates and county sales taxes.
Auglaize and Darke counties have the most communities in the Top Twenty: Wapakoneta and Cridersville; and Arcanum and Versailles, respectively. For the most part, the communities in the Top Twenty are rural. In my opinion, the only communities in the Top Twenty that appear to be actively engaged in economic development are Wapakoneta (#4) Wooster (#7), Tipp City (#13) and Findlay (#19). Similarly, these communities have very good economic development websites and top notch economic development staff, that have strong support from the City Council and administration.
These locations raise some interesting thoughts. If the other Top Twenty communities would follow the example of these four, rural communities could well be very competitive in the economic development world. They could give their suburban counterparts a run for their money and increase the number of jobs and level of wealth in their neighboring communities as well.
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