Barry Tiffany, Sugarcreek Twp. administrator, said the money is being used for public projects and the township is surprised that Centerville is taking legal action. Tiffany said funds are distributed by the Greene County Auditor based on a valid TIF.
“We passed a TIF in 2006 prior to the annexation to construct Clyo Road and other infrastructure projects,” Tiffany said. “Clyo Road was built and Centerville does not like the fact that our TIF is in place and prevents them from diverting money for their projects.”
Tiffany said he is confident the court will find the township used the money properly.
“I think Centerville has grossly misrepresented things,” Tiffany said. “The money was used for public improvements… we do not have any issues with our audits.”
This is the most recent legal battle between Sugarcreek Twp. and Centerville. In 2015, Sugarcreek Twp. attempted put an issue before voters to create a new fire district that would exclude responding to emergencies in the Cornerstone development. Oberer Companies, which is developing Cornerstone, sued Sugarcreek over the, stating they had already paid taxes to the township in 2013 and 2014 for fire and EMS services.
In March, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the issue should come off the ballot for the primary election.