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Curtis gathers info on House Bill 5

February 12, 2013
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - City Council could be asked in the near future to go on record opposing proposed state legislation.

During council's finance committee meeting Tuesday, Chairman Sherrie Curtis said she had asked the law director to prepare a resolution in opposition of House Bill 5 but said she has since asked him to delay the legislation until she can gather more information.

Curtis said she is working with tax commissioner Tracy Tennant to ascertain all the pros and cons of the proposed bill, which she believes is a further attempt by the state to control municipalities.

According to what she has determined thus far, Curtis said the bill will place restrictions on the city regarding enforcement of taxes and would require formation of a state-level committee that would oversee the city's tax department, among other provisions.

In addition, she said the bill calls for repealing then re-approving the city tax code, even though Councilman Ryan Stovall and Tennant recently spent months revising it. The revised code was recently approved by council.

"I don't feel it's necessary," Curtis said of that provision.

She said it might not be a bad idea for council to contact state legislators to see where they stand on the bill, but meanwhile, she hopes to have the resolution prepared for her committee's review at its Feb. 26 meeting.

The committee voted to send to council for consideration an ordinance authorizing payment totaling $1,030.42 to two vendors without purchase orders in place.

Member Charles Wade said fire Chief Bill Jones wondered if the $10,000 he needs for a fit test machine is available, and Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell said he believes it is included in the budget which is currently being prepared.

The committee convened in executive session to discuss on-going contract negotiations with no action afterward.



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