HARTVILLE Following a May 22 work session where village council took a hard look at operational costs over the next 10 years, council unanimously approved a motion June 5 for Solicitor Ron Starkey to prepare legislation to place a 0.5 percent income tax increase on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
If approved, the increase to the village’s current 1 percent income tax would be its first since 1968.
Fiscal Officer Scott Varney said that while the current 1 percent income tax would still include the 100-percent credit to Hartville residents who work and pay income tax in another municipality, the additional 0.5 percent would not. The increase is expected to generate an estimated $791,000 annually, which be used to fund an estimated $395,000 in road paving – with the goal of completing all village roads within 10 years – as well as costs associated with the construction of a new police department building.
The ballot issue is expected to have its first of three scheduled readings by council at its next regular meeting, June 19.
Council also approved a resolution requesting the Stark County Auditor’s Office certify the tax valuation and expected revenue from a 3.5 mill fire levy, to replace the village’s current 3 mill continuing levy with an additional .5 mill increase.
Starkey said the levy request is in line with the increase Lake Township placed on the May 8 ballot. He added that the auditor’s office has 10 days in which to provide the information, at which time council will consider a resolution to place the levy on the November ballot.
Council authorized Mayor Cynthia Billings to enter into a cooperative purchasing agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for road salt for the 2018-19 winter season; upheld a planning commission recommendation to grant conditional zoning to retail business, Nanny Goat Naturals, located at 127 Mill St., in the village industrial park; approved a contract not to exceed $1,500 to surveyor David Broemsen to replat a parcel in the industrial park related to a lift station project; and accepted the $27,000 offer from Lowell Hershberger to purchase a 2.75 acre parcel of village-owned property in the industrial park, following an executive session to discuss the transaction.