The Rootstown Twp. Park Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 8th has been cancelled.
The Rootstown Board of Trustees meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 5:30pm, in the Town Hall. The township website is www.rootstowntwp.com.
Congratulations to all 2016 high school graduates! Good luck in your future endeavors, whether it is continuing on to college, entering the workforce, or entering military service. Regardless of your path, remember and be proud that you are from a great community that has worked very hard to get you where you are today.
The Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) is nearing its completion. The second public hearing will be held after this publication, but it was on June 9, at the high school cafeteria. The first public hearing had much input from the community on where they would like to see the township move over the next decade. That input, combined with the Citizen Advisory Committee input, is helping to build the plan that the Zoning Boards and Trustees will use as a guide when making decisions on township development and growth. The CLUP should be completed by the end of the year.
A public hearing will be held at NEOMED on June 29, at 7pm concerning a proposed Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) with the City of Kent. There is a lot of information out there that is confusing and this is a chance for the community to hear more about the JEDD and how it affects Rootstown. The intent of the JEDD is to improve the economic welfare of the people by increasing business to create or preserve jobs. The District part would be the area along Tallmadge Road east and west near the center of town and State Route 44 just south of Tallmadge Road and going north to the township boundary. The JEDD would provide revenue to the township with a 2% tax on net profits of businesses within the District and 2% of income from employees of those businesses. If a business is outside the District, there would be no affect. If one works at a business inside the JEDD, but lives in an area city, their income tax from that city will transfer to Rootstownnot as an additional 2%. If one works outside the District there would be no affect. Property taxes would not be affected. Homeowners would not be affected. Employees under 18 would not be affected. Sole proprietors working in a residence within the District would not be affected.
An autonomous JEDD Board would be created to manage the District.
The potential annual distributable revenue generated by the JEDD could be $1 million. Of that amount, within the first five years, annually, about 60% would go to the township, about 30% to the JEDD Board, and 10% to the City of Kent (as the taxing authority, and for marketing and economic development assistance).
Much of the intent of the JEDD is for economic development. To increase such economic development, a plan was tendered to the Rootstown Local Schools to relocate and build new and open the current land to commercial or light industrial development. That would increase the tax base of the township, which, in turn, would benefit the schools. If the schools relocate, the JEDD distributable revenue would change with about 75% going the JEDD Board (of which approximately $700,000 per year being allocated to the schools), about 15% to the township, and 10% to the City of Kent.
Rootstown must have a stronger commercial presence to maintain its viability for the services it must render to its residents. The JEDD is a great option for the township to do so. Please join us at the public hearing to hear about the JEDD and get your questions answered.
Welcome to Rootstown Township's Web Site
Rootstown Township was founded in 1802 and is located in Portage County. Rootstown provides a mixture of living environments, shopping and restaurants while still maintaining its small town character. It is also home to the Northeast Ohio Medical University. With easy access off I76, it is a desirable place for its residents to live and work.
We hope you visit our website often to keep informed of activities and notices listed above that affect the residents of Rootstown. We always welcome your comments and suggestions to make this website useful and informative to all the residents of Rootstown.