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Congressman resigning
U.S. Representative Steve Stivers announced April 19 that he will not seek re-election to Congress. Stivers has served six terms in Congress, representing Ohio’s 15th District. He will step down effective May 16 to serve as president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” Stivers said. “The best part of this job has been making a positive difference in the lives of constituents. I am grateful to the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District for putting their trust in me to represent them in the halls of Congress. It has been one of the biggest honors of my life.”

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate. He also worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One.

Farmers’ Market
The 2021 Groveport Farmers’ Market is tentatively scheduled to be open on Tuesdays from June 29 through Sept. 14 from 4-7 p.m., according to city of Groveport officials.

Tax filing deadline extended
The Ohio Department of Taxation extended the deadline to file and pay Ohio individual income tax for tax year 2020, from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. As a result, the municipal income tax filing deadline for individual taxpayers has been automatically extended to May 17, 2021 as well.

Late filing penalties and late payment penalties and interest will not be imposed for the period of April 15, 2021 through May 17, 2021 for these extended filings and payments.
The payment due date for the tax year 2021 first quarter estimated tax payment, and the filing and payment due dates for business net profit taxpayers, are not impacted by this extension. However, RITA will not impose late filing penalties, or late payment penalties and interest for the period of April 15, 2021 through May 17, 2021 for first quarter 2021 estimated tax payments or business net profit filings and payments.

Third Thursday
The city of Groveport will host Third Thursday, a summer festival series featuring music, food trucks, vendors, and more. Third Thursday will take place on:
•June 17 – “Family Fun Day” with a petting zoo and kids’ crafts;
•July 15 – “Americana!” with pony rides and a bounce house;
•Aug. 19 – “Dog Days” with a dog show and adoptable pets; and
•Sept. 16 – “Fall Kickoff!” with hay rides, photo backdrop, and free mini-pumpkins.
Third Thursday hours are 5-7:30 p.m. at Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road. For information contact jreeves@groveport.org.

City’s Westport property
Groveport City Council is considering legislation to sell the city-owned property located at 384 Westport Drive. The legislation states the property, located in a residential area, is “no longer required by the city for its purposes.”

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said a house that once sat on the property was abandoned and blighted a few years ago when the city took it over. He said the city wants to sell the property so it will no longer have to tend to it and also so it will no longer have to pay the property taxes for the site.

Convenience fees
Groveport City Council is considering legislation to enact a (not to exceed) 3 percent credit card convenience fee for transactions at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course. In 2020, council approved legislation to pass credit card convenience fees to customers at other city facilities. Prior to this, the city had paid these fees. According to city officials, from 2016 to 2020, the city has paid $80,628 in credit card convenience fees at the golf course.

Recreation manager
Groveport City Council approved the creation of the position of recreation manager and abolished the positions of sports and fitness manager and recreation coordinator, which are both currently vacant, in the city’s recreation department.

“Any time someone leaves a position, we re-evaluate that position,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.

The recreation manager position combines the duties of the two abolished positions.

“Depending on the pay level, the new employee is hired in, implementing this approach results in a cost savings of $57,752 to $75,179 (wages and benefits),” said King.

Income tax revenue
The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue year-to-date as of March 31 was $4.3 million, which is 10 percent lower than the same time in 2020. Income tax revenues comprise the largest portion of the city’s total revenues year-to-date, or 59.6 percent of all revenues, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

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