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Village Income Tax Down Again




Archbold municipal income tax started 2009 on a down note, collecting about 1.27% less than it did in January 2008.

Councilmen were given the information at the Monday night, Feb. 2, meeting.

For the month of January, the income tax collected $340,947.87, down $4,405.94 from January 2008, when the monthly collection was $345,353.81.

During 2008, the village income tax generated about $4.1 million, which the village uses for capital projects such as construction or reconstruction of streets. That’s off from 2006, the record year.

In 2006, the municipal income tax, imposed at a rate of 1.5% on individual income and corporate profits, generated more than $4.8 million.

Council reviewed the 2008 water department year-end report.

Rick Schantz, water department supervisor, noted in his report the village will need to look at increasing water rates in 2010.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said water rates were last adjusted in 2006, and the village has held the line on cost increases since then.

Councilmen also approved an agreement with ConAgra for water and wastewater treatment rates.

Howell said since the village water rates remained unchanged, he felt it would be appropriate to leave the ConAgra contract unchanged.

Howell said the village received the results of an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency audit and inspection conducted at the village wastewater treatment plant.

He said a few problems were noted, but OEPA approved the village wastewater treatment program.

The OEPA recommended changes to the village wastewater laws. Frank D’Ambrosia, plant superintendent, is working on the changes, Howell said.

Executive

Council members met in executive session for about 15 minutes to discuss property matters.

When they returned to regular session, no action resulted from the secret meeting.

Council approved the final change order on the 2008 extension of Lafayette Street and construction of Victory Lane.

The change order adjusted the final contract price for the materials used, Bob Seaman, village engineer, said.

The contract price was increased $3,582.70, for a final contract price of $572,528.45.

Review

Council reviewed the engineering contract status report and the village’s monthly financial report.

They also reviewed a letter from ARS, Inc., the village refuse hauler, confirming recently increased rates.

The village Tax Incentive Review Committee will hold a meeting to review tax abatement agreements at 4 pm, Thursday, Feb. 5.

All members were present, all votes were unanimous. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 16, 7 pm, council chambers.- David Pugh


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