MOUNT VERNON — City Council has a light legislative agenda tonight, consisting of mostly routine items, but there should be plenty of talk at the 6:45 p.m. committee meeting about whether Mount Vernon should join the list of cities suing the state over the state’s plan to collect business income taxes and then distribute the money to the local governments, charging a fee of 1/2 of 1 percent of the collections.

A number of cities, including Mansfield, Cambridge, Findlay and New Albany, have already lined up against the plan, which they call a violation of cities’ home role powers, Mayor Richard Mavis said.

Mavis said he felt council should discuss the issue further, especially whether the city should join the suit. It would cost Mount Vernon about $4,000, a figure based on the city’s population.

City Auditor Terry Scott said they law is unclear on exactly which taxes will be covered, but it would likely cost the city about $7,000 in fees. Some cities already utilize services to collect business taxes, but Mount Vernon does not.

Scott said the plan also does not have an accounting provision, so cities won’t know how much was collected on their behalf.

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Society of CPA’s support the plan, saying it makes things easier for large businesses that may operate in many communities, such as Kokosing Construction.

After the tax discussion, the Planning and Zoning Committee will consider the ordinance adding an area of about 25 acres to permitted locations where some bow hunting for deer is permitted in the city.

Legislation on the agenda includes:
•A resolution confirming the mayor’s appointment of Kim Lenkei to the Civil Service Commission.

•A resolution confirming the mayor’s reappointment of James Brown to the Shade Tree an Beautification Commission for a three-year term.

•A resolution authorizing the Safety-Service Director to enter a five-year contract to supply and maintain copier machines through M.T. Technologies.

•A resolution approving the reappointment of Susan L. Simpson to the Board of Property Maintenance Appeals.

•A resolution approving the reappointment of Jim Gastin as an alternate member of the Board of Property Maintenance Appeals.

•A resolution authorizing the auditor to transfer certain funds,

•A resolution authorizing the auditor to make supplemental appropriations.

Council meets on the second floor of City Hall, 40 Public Square. The legislative meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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