No decision reached on Carey tax service

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

While no response has been received, Carey officials have notified Central Collection Agency, Division of Taxation, Cleveland, of the cancellation of its tax-collection contract with the village, effective Dec. 31.

At its June 25 meeting, council approved an emergency ordinance, effective immediately, to terminate the agreement for handling village income tax payments.

The agency handled collection of the village’s income tax the past two years. But as a result of numerous complaints by residents, council decided to make a change.

There was a July 1 deadline for notification, or the agreement would have been renewed for a third year. The village has paid about $50,000 a year for the service.

A cancellation letter was sent to the Cleveland department via fax and by certified mail.

The village is considering hiring the City of Findlay Income Tax Department to handle the tax collection. It would be about half the cost, according to Andrew Thomas, Findlay income tax administrator.

Council has taken no action, but continues to review the matter.

Separately, village Administrator Roy Johnson said a committee is continuing to review proposals for installation of an automated meter information system for electric and water meter reading.

New meters and the necessary computer equipment and program would be installed to handle the duties electronically, saving village employees time spent walking throughout the village to read meters.

The committee has made a tentative selection for a system, but continues to review and clarify the proposals. Six companies submitted proposals and five proposals were investigated.

A recommendation is expected at the July 16 council meeting. Potential financing options for the estimated $650,000-$900,000 system are being looked at by the administration. The meter installation work is expected to be done this year.

While there will be no water or electric rate hike at this time, Mayor Jenn Rathburn said some residents may pay higher utility bills because the new meters will more accurately record use.

On another recently discussed issue, consultant Van Horn Hoover and Associates, Findlay, is developing a detailed plan for bidding a culvert replacement project along West South Street.

There will be an option to add replacement of the West Street bridge “as an extension of the culvert project,” Johnson said, “and also looking at the cost of a similar (bridge) structure for the Toledo Street bridge (replacement).”

More information will be presented when available.

In the meantime, a chain link fence will be installed from the Carey Medical Center on West South Street to West Street to keep vehicles from being parked on a covered culvert. A sinkhole developed several weeks ago after a truck parked on the culvert. Residents will have access to their driveways. Council approved a motion for the estimated $6,100 expense. Lucius Fence, New Riegel, will handle the installation.

Also, council approved changing an ordinance which designates Johnson to be involved with American Municipal Power activities. The change would allow assistant village Administrator Nathan Curtis to serve as an alternate if Johnson is unavailable to attend various meetings. Johnson is a board member of the organization and his three-year term is up in 2019.

Curtis will attend several sessions with Johnson and be recommended to serve on several of the organization’s committees during the next year to familiarize himself with operations.

Separately, Johnson said the voice over internet protocol phone system, known as VoIP, will begin with five phones.

Separately, repaving the road near Continental Structural Plastics to handle increased truck traffic has been finished.

Maurer: 419-427-8420
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