Reduction of the income tax credit proposed to Conneaut | Local News
CONNEAUT – At a meeting Monday night, an ordinance was filed to reduce the credit given to residents who pay income tax to other municipalities.
Currently, the city grants residents who pay income taxes to other municipalities a 100% credit, up to the city’s income tax rate of 1.65%, said the chief financial officer of Conneaut, John Williams.
The proposed order would reduce that credit to 50 percent.
The change is expected to generate approximately $ 200,000 per year for the city.
The funds would go to the city’s public works department.
Williams said the recent increase in gasoline tax revenue the city received from the state has been used to pay debt service on major public works projects. These projects were also associated with millions of dollars in grants, he said.
The proposed change to the income tax credit has been under discussion for some time.
“I think the bottom line is that we are finally closing a deficit in the public works department that has been neglected for many years,” said Council Chairman Jon Arcaro.
Since 2000, Conneaut’s public works department has lost 10 full-time positions, cutting staff in half, Williams said.
“We keep asking public works to do a lot of things, and they’ve been under siege for some time, so that will fix the problem,” Arcaro said. “And what I like about it is that we’re saying exactly where it’s going, which is to public works.”
The ordinance passed for second reading. Unless the board overrides the three-reading rule, the ordinance will need to be read at another meeting before being implemented at a third meeting.
In other cases
• City Manager Jim Hockaday gave council an update on the city’s COVID-19 situation.
There are 122 active cases of COVID-19 in the city and 18 ongoing hospitalizations, Hockaday said.
“Our local hospital here, UH Conneaut, is largely at full capacity,” Hockaday said. “And this is true for both Ashtabula and Geneva. “
He encouraged people to stay home after the Thanksgiving events and get tested for COVID-19 if they’re not feeling well.
• Route 20 from Parrish Road to Conneaut Plaza has reopened to two-way traffic.
“There are still a number of things that need to happen on this road that will happen sporadically,” Hockaday said.
The aprons and driveway approaches on both sides of the road will be reconstructed in the work area, in addition to the railings on the south side of the road and ledge work, Hockaday said.
The final coat of asphalt will be applied to this section of Route 20 next year, when Route 20 is redone from the North Kingsville line to the overpass.
• At the end of the meeting, Arcaro expressed concerns about how the city responds to requests for public documents.
Arcaro said he submitted an application for public recording in his personal capacity at the end of September and it took seven weeks to receive the recordings. He said two departments processed his request within 10 days, but were ordered to forward the information to the legal director’s office for approval.
“According to the city’s records policy… a file request must be processed within 10 days,” Arcaro said. “In addition, nowhere in the policy does it state that a request will be screened by the City Manager and approved by the General Counsel before being published.
“So if this is how my request was handled, and I am de facto the head of the municipal government, one would imagine how a request from an ordinary citizen would be handled,” Arcaro said. “My advice to the administration is that we can and must do better.”