This week, Lakewood City Council voted unanimously to create a shoreline special improvement district, permitting special assessment levies to finance erosion-control solutions.
State Representative Michael J. Skindell has been a consistent proponent of legislation to permit shoreline improvement districts [SID], recently adopted by the Ohio General Assembly.
“It took nearly six years to get through the legislature, but I am glad communities are benefiting from the legislation I got passed allowing the establishment of SIDs for erosion control. The concept for the legislation came from a constituent who convinced me of the possible benefits,” said Skindell.
“A shoreline improvement special tax district, like the one being considered in Lakewood, helps to protect the city’s tax base by protecting property values. It also allows shoreline cities to increase access to the lake and stir economic development opportunities.
“The shoreline improvement district allows cities greater oversight of shoreline projects and can foster cooperation among property owners to construct quality projects.”
For more information about Shoreline Special Improvement Districts, see the text of recently adopted legislation: codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-1710.02