Walbridge puts off tax rule for officials PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:00
WALBRIDGE - Village council has postponed legislation, which was proposed by the former mayor, that could have required elected official to be current on their taxes.
Ex-mayor Dan Wilczysnki in December had introduced a resolution urging the Ohio Legislature to adopt laws requiring all officials to be current on tax filings and payments to federal, state and local governments.
At a meeting last week, council president Jan Sawaya made a motion to table the resolution. A majority of council, Sawaya, Sue Hart-Douglas and Fred Sloyer, voted with her. Nathan Eikost voted against it.
Before the vote, Eikost asked for an explanation.
"It is not against the law to owe the federal government money," Sawaya said. "We'd probably lose half of Congress and the Senate."
Wilczynski forfeited his seat earlier this month over a controversy on how many meetings he has missed. Councilman Pat Fox also quit.
Because council only has four members, it cannot pass any emergency resolutions or ordinances. There were four ordinances on the agenda that were scheduled for emergency passage, but received readings. One was 3 percent raises for employees.
Also at the Dec. 16 meeting, council:
• Heard a deadline to apply for a state grant that would be used for pool repairs has been extended from February to May. Bids for the repairs are going out Friday, said Hart-Douglas, who is chairwoman of the parks, recreation and community events committee.
• Set committee posts for 2013. The first person is the chairperson. Several committee position remain empty until new council members are appointed. So far, the committees are: Business and economic development, Eikost, Hart-Douglas, unfilled; personnel and human resources, Sawaya, Hart-Douglas, unfilled; parks, recreation and community events, Hart-Douglas, Sawaya, Sloyer; budget and finance, unfilled, Eikost, Sawaya; infrastructure, buildings and lands, unfilled, Sloyer, unfilled; safety and criminal justice, Sloyer, Eikost, unfilled.
• Saw the monthly tax deposit comparison report. For 2012, the village collected $861,774 compared to $780,735 in 2011 and $694,425 in 2010.
• Heard plans to celebrate the village's centennial include a special council meeting on April 7, to commemorate Walbridge's first council meeting.
• Heard the safety committee will meet Jan. 28. Speed limits are expected to be on the agenda.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:04

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