City Council putting new levy on May ballot

| January 13, 2015

COSHOCTON – Voters in the city will see a new levy on the May ballot that could impact their income taxes.

Coshocton City Council met Jan. 12 and passed Ordinance 1-15, placing on the ballot a proposal to raise city income tax an additional one half percent for law enforcement, criminal justice operations and general safety and security of the citizens and public areas. They also passed Resolution 1-15, which authorized the placement of the levy on the May 5th primary ballot.

First readings only were given to the following ordinances:

– Ordinance 2-15, which authorizes the mayor or service director to prepare specifications, advertise and let a bid for chlorine, fluoride, alum, lime, CO2, sodium, hexametaphosphate and gasoline. “This is something we do every year for the utilities department,” said Mayor Steve Mercer.

– Ordinance 3-15, which is designed to amend the zoning map of the City of Coshocton.

During the meeting Law Director Bob Skelton shared that his office had recently collected $20,000 in delinquent income taxes. Public Works Director Jim Ruby also teased the scarlet and gray clad council members with a long report, but said he would keep it short so they could get home for the OSU National Championship game.

“We put in over 800 tons of pothole patching,” Ruby said. “That equals out to 100 days of pothole patching. We have to do better and change our logic.”

Council President Cliff Biggers informed the other members that they had a report from the Coshocton Port Authority in their packets and that Port Authority Executive Director Dorothy Skowrunski would be e-mailing those out monthly.

Councilman Brad Fuller ended the meeting with a brief, “Go Bucks,” a remark that was most likely on all of the members’ minds

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