West Jeff law director proposes tax collection policy

(Posted Nov. 10, 2016)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Law Director Ron Parsons presented West Jefferson village council with a proposed policy for income tax collection.

The proposal outlines procedures for collecting the village’s income tax and dealing with delinquent taxpayers, said council President Steve Johnston at council’s Nov. 7 meeting.

Council members have two weeks to study the proposal before it comes up for a second reading and possible vote at the Nov. 21 meeting.

In a related issue, council unanimously approved the creation of a part-time position for assistant income tax clerk. Finance Director Debbie DiLeo said the person hired for the position would work 16 hours a week, with the heaviest workload coming at tax time. The proposed hourly pay rate starts at $13.26. Council will likely vote on the pay rate at its next meeting.

“It’s the same scale as the part-time water and sewer clerk,” DiLeo said.

In other business, council:

  • set aside $21,615 in a special fund for the eventual purchase of an electronic messaging sign to be installed in the downtown area. All but $2,000 came from donations made by businesses and individuals over the past several years;
  • renewed the health insurance package for village employees through the Ohio Public Employees Consortium Healthcare Cooperative;
  • approved a contract with Choice One Engineering for the 2017 asphalt resurfacing project to include plan preparation, bidding procedures and construction services, for $12,950; and
  • adopted the solid waste management plan for the Allen-Champaign-Hardin-Madison-Shelby-Union Joint Solid Waste Management District.

Department Reports

Public Service Director John Mitchell said leaf collection is running behind.

“The leaves have begun to cooperate and come down,” he said. “We may have to extend the collection process. It usually ends by Thanksgiving.”

Parks and Recreation Director Marci Darlington reported that the village’s first fall softball league was a success. The Roosters-sponsored team won the league and tournament titles. Darlington said participants expressed interest in repeating the league next fall, as well as starting a spring/summer league.

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