Tax abatement is available in Guernsey County to qualifying commercial and industrial firms through either the Rural Enterprise Zone or Community Reinvestment Area program. The amount and length of tax abatement availability is based on capital improvements for real estate or equipment and/or job creation or retention.
Qualifying businesses include manufacturing, warehousing, research/development or distribution.
Retail businesses may qualify under the Community Reinvestment Area program. Agreement must be negotiated prior to investment being made.
Municipal organization: Mayor, City Council, full-time staff Area within city limits: 16 square miles Police force: 26 Fire department: 20 Primary source of revenue: property tax and city income tax Streets: 75% paved, 98% lighted Zoning: Area covered by zoning ordinances: municipality Insurance rating in community: Class 6 residential, Class 5 industrial Regulations affecting business: Smoke, Odor
Industrial plan must be approved by state building code, county permit and city zoning ordinance
Industry regulated by performance standards
Municipal organization: Mayor, Village Council, Village Administrator Area within city limits: 3 square miles Police force: 6 Fire department: 25 volunteer firemen Primary source of revenue: Village income tax, property, real estate taxes Streets: 100% paved, 95% lighted Zoning: Zoning ordinance, village plan and zoning committee Insurance rating in community: Unknown Regulations affecting business: Smoke, odor, noise; industrial plan must be approved
by state, county planning board.
County organization: commissioners, full-time staff Area within county limits: 525 square miles Sheriff’s department: 16 housed in new City/County Justice Center County fire protection: volunteer fire departments or contractual coverage with mutual aid agreements
Retail sales tax: state 5.5%, county 2.0%, city none Income tax: state income tax on a graduated scale (up to 3.5%) county none, city 2.0% Motel/Hotel bed tax rate: county 6%, city 3% Cambridge municipal rate (real estate): $61.98 per $1,000 assessed on 35% of appraisal value Township rate: varies from $50.85 to $69.10 depending on township – Assessed on 35% of appraisal value depending on township Cambridge City School rate: $44.35 per $1,000 value (included in municipal or township rate)
The historic Guernsey County Courthouse greets visitors entering downtown Cambridge from Southgate Parkway (State Route 209) and is the cornerstone of the downtown area.
Guernsey County’s administrative services are consolidated into the County Administration Building located in the heart of downtown Cambridge.
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