The decision allows Xenia to collect income tax from Central State’s 350 employees and for the university to no longer pay a surcharge on water, sewer, fire and emergency medical services.
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Xenia initially filed for the annexation, with Central State’s support, to Greene County commissioners, but Xenia Twp. filed an objection.
“The township trustees urged the county to deny the petition, which the county did after determining that the city’s petition did not satisfy [the type-2 annexation process],” read the ruling.
Xenia appealed the decision in the Second District Appeals Court and won, but then the county appealed, resulting in case going before the Ohio Supreme Court.
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“Under what we have termed the ‘traditional’ method of annexation, a board must consider whether ‘the general good of the territory proposed to be annexed will be served’ by the annexation,” the ruling read.
However, the court noted the annexation met all seven conditions required and therefore commission did not have the discretion to deny the annexation.