Bettsville discusses state legislation

BETTSVILLE – Bettsville Village Council members discussed House Bill 601, a proposal to centralize income tax collection from communities in Ohio. Council passed a resolution, declaring it an emergency, strongly opposing passage of the bill by the Ohio General Assembly in its current form, which proposes uniformity measures for municipal income tax in the form of unfunded mandates and potentially a substantial loss of revenue.

Fire Chief Jim Maglosky’s report stated that two firefighting I classes are to be conducted and radios to communicate with Sandusky County are to cost the department $4,000.

Village Administrator Jon Dabrunz is saving the village money by buying chlorine in bulk. Mayor Gary Harrison complimented village employees on the snow plowing efforts and keeping the streets cleared.

In other business, council:

Adopted the ordinance fixing and regulating prices for village gas supplies by Swickard Gas for 2013.

Adopted the 2013 appropriations as an emergency.

Approved the purchase of a halogen light tower with a generator for $2,600 to be used for emergency and repair needs.

Approved the ordinance adopting the 2013 Ohio Basic Code as an emergency.

Chose Scott Harrison as president of council.

Approved the magistrate court report.

Approved the financial report.

Approved combining the water and sewer checking account with the village’s main checking account.

Moved to advertise in newspapers for a manager at Howard P. Eells Park.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5.