2018-11-07 / News

Income Tax Tops $3.9 Million

The Archbold municipal income tax collection for 2018 topped $3.9 million at the end of October, Archbold Village Council was told Monday, Nov. 5, at its meeting.

But that’s “only” 2.43% over the same 10-month time period in 2017, Donna Dettling, village administrator said.

So far in 2018, the monthly year-to-date increases over the same time periods in 2017 have exceeded 3% three times: January (5.29%), June (3.65%), and September (3.19%).

With two months of collections left, the income tax has already collected more than 2009-2015. Those were part of the years that were considered “The Great Recession.”

In the history of the municipal tax, which started in 1967, total collections did not first exceed $3.9 million until the year 2000.

Chemicals Up

Council approved bids for chemicals used by the Archbold water and wastewater treatment plants.

Dettling said overall, chemical prices went up by 9.54%, but that can be misleading. If one chemical has a large price increase but the village does not buy a lot of it, it has a smaller impact on the overall costs to the village.

The cost of ferrous chloride had the highest increase, from 34.9 cents per pound in 2018 to 48 cents per pound for 2019, roughly a 37.5% increase.

Activated carbon decreased in price, from $1,596 per ton for 2018 to $1,480 per ton for 2019, a decrease of about 7.3%.

Diamonds

Council also approved the second change order for the phase I portion of the new Memorial Park baseball diamond.

The second change order– the final change order for the project– decreased the price by $5,591.71.

The total project cost was $423,203.19.

In a related matter, Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, was granted permission to pursue a grant through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

She told councilmen if the application is successful, money would be used to construct the next diamond in the four-diamond baseball complex.

In response to a question from Kevin Morton, council president, Kidder said the second diamond in the new complex will face northwest. It will be located due west of the currently-under-construction diamond.

Council approved a resolution supporting Saturday, Nov. 24, as Small Business Saturday.

Council reviewed the police and fire department reports and zoning permits for October.

Housing

Vaughn Bentz, a councilman, asked about the status of proposed incentives for new housing construction in the village.

He said he believed council had last decided to wait for housing developers to bring proposals to the village.

“I don’t think we should let that drop,” he said.

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