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.

Fire levy

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.

Other actions

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.