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Income tax discussions in Attica

Attica council members discussed the 1% income tax Thursday night that council may enact without going to the electorate. Resident Lynn Love asked, “Has a committee been formed to discuss the income tax and make recommendations?”

Councilmen are divided on the issue. Councilman George Yakoubian said, ” I don’t want to see the tax go just for the police department but for the health of the General Fund. The money could be used for delinquent properties and civic improvements.”

Should the village institute the 1% income tax in the village, it is estimated to generate $200,000 annually. The first year might collect only $60,000, the second year $140,000 and the third year would collect the $200,000. The Regional Income Tax Authority cost to the village for administering the tax would run $6,380- $7,051 a year.

Solicitor Rick Palau noted a request for public records through the police department has been made and laid off Chief Keith Turner would be the one to locate the information. Palau stated, “A criminal complaint has been made against the village — it may be a complaint but it is not criminal.” He further emphasized that employers should be more civil to their employees. No elected village official should send threatening letters to any employee, he said. He added, “The request is in writing which leaves a record.”

Village Administrator Greg Martin reported the water lab received a three-year certification from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA also awarded three-year certifications to Martin, Water Superintendent Gary Weis and Water operator Jeret Halbeisen.

Martin meets with Public Entity Pool for a management assessment of the village surveying needs and risks.

Other actions taken:

• Heard the cash balance of all funds is $1,084,799.94.

• Heard the second reading of the ordinance certifying the utility accounts for collection to the county auditor.

• Learned the Myers Park swimming pool leak has been repaired.

• Heard computer upgrades and maintenance will be performed but had questions about certifying the police department computers. Decision was made to shut them down for now.

The next council meeting is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

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