Lisbon remains on RITA fence

LISBON — The village has not yet received an official quote from the outside agency that could take over income tax collections, if council approves doing that.

During this week’s council meeting, yet another council member voiced her opposition of using the Regional Income Tax Agency to collect the village income tax. Council voted at the Jan. 22 meeting to investigate hiring RITA in response to the village’s income tax administrator quitting over the summer.

Council member Jeff Snyder opposed looking into RITA at that time and this week Council President Dawn Thomas also said she didn’t think it would be beneficial.

Currently, the income taxes are being handled by Megan Richards as a replacement through a temporary staffing agency.

Thomas said that the village may be saving $3,000 a month by going with RITA, but she said there would also be some money lost.

Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner said at the January meeting that in addition to the 3 percent base fee charged by RITA, there could be other charges for additional services. Based on 2018 income taxes, that fee would translate to $34,200.

Councilman Peter Wilson, who made the recommendation to go with RITA, said the 3 percent base fee won’t kick in until 2020.

Wonner told council during the meeting that she did receive information from RITA but has not received an official quote yet.

The matter was only discussed during the meeting and no action was taken.

In other business, council approved the monthly activity report for the police department. Officers took 237 complaints in January and handled one breaking and entering report, three theft reports, three vandalism reports, three domestic/verbal reports, issues 60 traffic citations and 21 other citations, and gave 135 warnings.

Officers conducted a total of 195 traffic stops and handled eight reported drive-offs.