Vienna plans for windfall

February 27 [Mon], 2012, 11:09
Township trustees are discussing what to do with a contested windfall in estate taxes was that awarded to the township.John Rebhan II, who died in December 2008, owned and operated Warren Fabricating and Machining Corp. and Ohio Steel Sheet & Plate. The township, after a few legal issues regarding Rebhan's residency, is set to receive $3.9 million in Ohio estate taxes.The township's budget for 2012 is $1.1 million.

Each trustee is the liaison with the different departments and we are each making lists for our individual departments by talking with the chiefs and superintendents,'' Trustee Phil Pegg saidThe money, however, may take time before it ends up in the hands of the township.

The money has been released by probate but not by the estate,'' Trustee Heidi Brown said. ''The estate is not finalized yet and the money has to stay in escrow until it is finalized.Although it is not in their possession, trustees are looking at ways to make the money benefit the township.

We've tossed things around and we've had a couple work session about what we'd like to do,'' Brown said. ''No decisions have been made, but road paving, improvements to the fire station, improvements to town hall, those are some of the ideas being tossed around.''