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Committee continues tweaking tax code revisions

October 31, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - City Council's finance committee continued to tweak proposed revisions to the city tax code during its meeting Tuesday, with a legal opinion sought over whether or not any penalties can be assessed if the city is not in compliance with state and federal tax codes.

Councilman Chuck Wade sought the opinion from Law Director Charles Payne, apparently due to his distaste for some of the income tax mandates that had to be included in the local code.

Payne is working on the opinion but indicated the request was "kind of broad."

The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday prior to the regular council session to further discuss the tax code.

Meanwhile, Chairman Sherrie Curtis said she will be asking for an amendment to a new proposal in the revised tax code requiring landlords to file quarterly reports naming their tenants, which was designed to help the tax department keep track of who is and is not filing taxes.

Councilman Russell Dray a landlord himself has balked at the provision, saying it will create too much paper work for landlords to complete.

Curtis said her amendment calls for landlords reporting their tenants' names when they renew their annual license.

In other legislative matters, the committee forwarded to council an ordinance making adjustments in appropriations for the end of the year.

Also forwarded to council was an ordinance authorizing payment to vendors without the proper purchase order in place, which Woomer said was "an honest mistake" on the part of the water department after the superintendent failed to realize he had to have a new purchase order each year of the tank painting project.

Ordinances creating line items and making appropriations for the CHIP grant were also forwarded for council's consideration.

Woomer announced that she has suspended all spending from the general fund for police, fire and street departments due to the cash flow being "in serious trouble."

Curtis said this is a common occurrence at the end of the year.



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