Council OKS income tax ordinance

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — Pomeroy Village Council approved the 2016 Income Tax Ordinance.

Fiscal Officer Sue Baker told the council that the ordinance had to be in place by Jan. 1 because of Ohio House Bill 5, or the Ohio Municipal Tax Reform. Baker explained that essentially this means that the state of Ohio will play a role in local income tax collection.

Baker also said that because the measure had to be in place so soon that council should also approve the necessary three readings of an ordinance before passing the ordinance, which they also approved. A 2016 temporary appropriation was OK’d as well, which Baker said allows the village to have first-quarter expenditures in 2016.

Mayor Jackie Welker announced that the Pomeroy Skate Park will be completed this week and will have a grand opening at 1 p.m. Dec. 12. The new park is located near Pomeroy’s fire station.

Pomeroy Fire Chief Rick Blaettnar approached the council about the need to have Salisbury Township pay more for fire services that Middleport and Pomeroy fire departments provide. Baker said Salisbury Township is currently the only township in Meigs County that does not have a fire tax levy. Blaettnar said that he’d recently talked to Middleport Fire Chief Jeff Darst about the issue. Both Darst, at Middleport Council’s Nov. 25 meeting, and Blaettnar at Monday night’s meeting, said Salisbury paid $1,400 for the year for fire protection in 2014, and before 2014, the township paid $1,100 every year for approximately 30 years.

Pomeroy Council gave Blaettnar permission to have Pomeroy’s solicitor, Chris Tenoglia, meet with Middleport’s solicitor, Mick Barr, about drafting up a Memorandum of Understanding for the Salisbury Township Trustees. Blaettnar discussed having the MOU say that beginning in 2016, Salisbury Township should have a fire tax levy on their ballot until it passes.

Council also approved a pay date change for payroll, as pay day this year would have originally fallen on Christmas Day, and agreed to adjust the vacation time of village employee Nelson Morrison while also agreeing to further look into his sick time request.

The Mayor’s Report and Finance Report were both approved. The former ushered in a discussion about revenue from court and the latter brought forth discussion about the need to raise more revenue for the water fund. Bills totaling $58,199.26 and the minutes from the Nov. 16 meeting were also approved.

By Lindsay Kriz

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.