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Council discusses Village levy

May 15, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Poland Village Council discussed a levy that will expired at the end of this year at last week's regular meeting. Council woman Linda Srnec said the finance committee is looking at making it a renewal.

''A renewal will bring in $176,020 and a replacement would only increase it to $183,629,'' Srnec said. ''It's not a lot of difference between the two.''

She said the committee looked at what the state is doing this year when considering which one to go with. She said the 12.5 percent roll back to homeowners was going to be canceled, but it would only affect the replacement levies. A replacement differs from a renewal in the fact that it takes the original levy back to the original millage that was set when first passed. A renewal raises the same amount of money, but the millage is lower as new businesses and homes reduces the share each homeowner pays.

Since the state is doing away with the rollback, Srnec said the committee felt that a renewal would be the better route to go. She said it would lessen the burden on the taxpayers. A replacement would reflect the elimination of the rollback where the renewal wouldn't.

Srnec said the renewal would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $94.08 per year.

The renewal will be presented at the next meeting for a first reading. It will take three readings before it can be sent to the auditor and eventually make the November elections.

On another issue, council took a look at the Village bicycle laws, which village solicitor Anthony D'Apolito said was not legal. He suggested adopting the Ohio Revised Code regulations regarding bicycles. He said without adopting it, any fines in the village would go to the state. By adopting the state regulations as part of the village laws, the village would keep the fines.

Srnec asked Police Chief Russ Beatty if the village made any money from violations of the bicycle regulations. Beatty replied, ''None that I can recall.''

Mayor Tim Sicafuse said, ''Our [regulations] were old and outdated.''

The new regulations will be put together and will be presented at a future meeting.

Another issue that had a second of three readings was one dealing with a license plate fee. The Village has the authority to approve a $5 license plate tax that would generate funds to be used only for the street department.

The tax would not bring in a huge amount of funds, but would help with maintenance of village streets. The issue will be presented at the next meeting for the first of three readings.

In other business:

* Council approved donating $100 to the American Legion for the annual Memorial Day ceremony.

 
 

 

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