Council hears RITA concerns

BLOOMVILLE — Bloomville residents have received information from the Regional Income Tax Agency regarding the 1-percent income tax the village has instituted. Landlords should receive their material next week.

Resident Theresa Maxhimer questioned clerk/treasurer Janis Weasner about a penalty incurred if a resident has not paid enough taxes by estimating their income wrong and that refunds are to be given to those who have over-estimated. She asked about an employer in another community and its withholding.

When asked what the tax money is to be used for, Mayor Dave Auble Jr. said it is to support the police department. Voters recently passed a 5-year police levy and the village hopes it is the last levy needed in support of the department.

Council members determined that RITA should handle any penalty and interest form abatement issues.

Residents with questions about the tax may visit the Regional Income Tax Agency website or follow the link on the village website for answers.

Solicitor Tim Hoover led a discussion on the language for the generator ordinance. He was concerned about setting standards that the law is able to enforce. He will now create a new ordinance for consideration.

Councilman Ray Sexton reported contacting local resident Jim Steinhauser about building a protective cabinet for a large screen TV to be used for training and interacting with other entities. He is to develop a blue print and will present it to council for approval. Steinhauser plans to do the project for no pay asking the village to cover costs of the material.

Street Superintendent Rick Dentinger noted the salt truck has been repaired but should be replaced. He plans tree cutting and trimming next year. Council voted to open the swimming pool next summer but two new chemical dispensers need to be purchased.

Santa Claus is going to make a stop at Bliss Memorial Public Library 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments are to be served and photos may be taken with St. Nick.

Council moved into executive session to discuss personnel compensation. In open session, members approved a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase for Dentinger, Water/Sewer Superintendent Darin Brown, Officer- in- charge Don Holmer, Officer Dwight Dyer and Weasner. Kellie Aeillo, assistant to the clerk, was approved for a $0.50 an hour raise. All are effective January 2019.

In other business, council:

• Paid bills.

• Announced the village office is to be closed Christmas Day.

• Approved an ordinance to amend a previous ordinance to appropriate additional funds for expenses, waiving the three-reading rule.

• Adopted the ordinance to raise the base water rate by $5 per month, from $16.34 to $21.34 that is to generate $21,000 annually.

• Heard the police cruiser needs tires and servicing.

• Heard the mayor would be receiving training for mayor’s court early next year.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.