Lincoln County Commissioners have given their seal of approval to cooperate with the city of Toledo, and the state to give Georgia Pacific a tax break by virtue of GP getting into the paper and container recycling end of their industry. The tax break is expected to be approved by the state but with a side agreement that the tax deduction won’t cause property tax revenue problems for county government or the City of Toledo.
On another front, the commissioners, sensing a need for a more stable view of the ups and downs of the Corona Virus, have decided to postpone until September 29th to ask the state to grant Phase 2 permission to begin opening up the county’s economy – but not all the way.
Commissioners agreed there remains a great deal of fluctuations and uncertainty about the virus so they’re giving themselves and the county a bit more breathing room between now and the 29th of September. Nationwide the virus infection rate varies dramatically from state to state made more complicated by America’s late start in tracking the spread of the virus. The U.S. lags far behind many other countries who jumped on the virus very quickly. The U.S., under the Trump administration, failed to respond fast enough to head off the spread of the virus which has so far killed nearly 200,000 Americans. Estimates as to what the final death toll might be could easily exceed 200,000.
In the meantime medical scientists around the world are expected to produce up to 15 varieties of vaccines available by mid-Winter or early Spring. Other medical efforts are aimed at trying to save the lives of those already infected. The virus first went after the elderly. Lately it has taken aim at young adults and even children.