It seems that The Courier editorial board has fallen for its own rhetoric. The Courier and the Northwest Ohio Flood Partnership has always presented the conservancy district concept as a choice between a local conservancy district or being part of the Maumee conservancy district. This is a false choice, there is no reason why local government at the county or city level cannot promote, construct and maintain the flood controls in Findlay and Ottawa. The Northwest Ohio Flood Partnership is preparing to turn over the flood control project to a local government institution, Hancock County, proving my point.
My take on the ruling of the conservancy court is quite different from The Courier’s. I do not have to read between the lines very hard to see a court that is deciding to protect its constituents from an unknown and potentially excessive tax, than finding a legal justification for their ruling. This ruling is about the power of the flood district to tax land owners who would receive no benefit from the flood controls in Findlay or Ottawa. To think that those same Judges would vote differently for a subdistrict is delusionary. To move forward with the conservancy district concept would just be a waste of time and money.
It is time for The Courier and the Northwest Ohio Flood Partnership to face the facts; they took the flood control effort down the wrong path. They ignored the public’s concern and they paid the price. Now let’s hope for some leadership among our elected officials that can put the flood controls in Findlay and Ottawa back on the right path.
Read The Courier Editorial here: http://www.thecourier.com/opinion/editoral/2010/Dec/17/ar_ed_121710.asp?d=121710,2010,Dec,17&c=e_0