(Posted May 23, 2018)
By Amanda Ensinger, Staff Writer
Mount Sterling village officials plan to take action to ensure that residents are paying their fair share of RITA taxes.
“We have a lot of rental homes and people moving in and out,” said Mayor Billy Martin. “We are trying to get everyone to pay their RITA taxes, and we don’t have a clue how much we are losing in these taxes.”
One idea is to require new residents to register with the village, that way administrators could better track who’s paying and who’s not.
Village leaders are finding that many people who rent their homes or apartments think they don’t have to pay RITA or assume it is part of their rent. Neither is true.
“We are going to have some unpleased residents,” Martin said, “but, we need to do this. Everyone should be paying these taxes, and some people don’t even know they have to.”
In other news:
- The village recently received an anonymous donation of several American flags. “If you have a flag that needs replaced, please let me know,” said Courtney Bricker, village fiscal officer.
- Town hall has received several complaints from residents regarding unregistered door-to-door salesmen.
“This is a no-soliciting village, so anyone doing this needs to get a permit with the village first,” Bricker said. “You need to come here first before doing anything.”
- Now that it’s mowing season, Jack Dill, parks and recreation director, reminded residents to tend their yards and keep clippings out of the street.
“If grass is eight inches or taller you will receive a notice, and we have already been out doing this,” Dill said. “Also, when you mow your lawn, please don’t leave your grass clippings in the street. There is an ordinance against this.”
Grass left in the streets ends up clogging sewer drains.
- Mason Park, which recently went through a major upgrade, is in need of more parking.
“The park is in nice shape and looks good, but now we are having parking issues,” Dill said. “We have overgrown the parking at the park, and people are having problems finding parking during certain times. We are in the process of adding additional parking.”