Toledo Couple Say State Is Trying To Cheat Them Out Of Their Property

TOLEDO
75-year old William Kopitke planted red maple trees in his front yard for each of his children some 50 years ago, "I named them Charles, Michelle, Mark and Cindy," says Kopitke. There is a lot of sentimental equity in his Dorr Street property, because William was born in his house and raised his family here with his wife Mary. But construction of the new Dorr Street exit will be running through the property. It's one of several properties being bought by the state of Ohio to make way for the new interchange.

The challenge for the Kopitke's is that the current offer from the state doesn't equal modern day replacement cost of their current home. So when they move they would have to change the quality of their life because they'd have to downsize, or acquire a mortgage. That's not an option for the Kopitke's because they're retired and living on a fixed income. Their son Charles says his parents are not trying to be unreasonable, "What they're looking for is exactly what they have. They want public water, public sewer, a house the same size, same garage size that they have and currently what they have for acreage on the land that's all they're looking for."

Yet the Kopitke's say the state isn't budging on it's offer. The case has now gone to appropriation.