Fayette village council 10.06

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

When Fayette’s tax administrator Dee Potter decides to retire, the duties covered by her might be turned over to an outside agency.

The council’s Finance Committee met last month with a representative from the Regional Income Tax Association (RITA) to learn about the organization’s services.

RITA serves as the income tax collection agency for 177 Ohio municipalities through the Regional Council of Governments. Currently, Swanton and Metamora are the only RITA members in Fulton County.

In addition to collecting taxes, RITA offers litigation services, online payment options, a free on-site representative to assist taxpayers during tax season, tax code recommendations and more.

By phasing out the tax administrator job, a rough estimate suggests savings of about $30,000 annually.

Committee member Tommy Molitierno expressed concern about an increase in the workload for existing village hall employees. He suggested that the tax administrator keep a log of daily activities to help the committee decide the feasibility of joining RITA.

Village administrator Amy Metz said six months is the typical lead-in time for a community to begin working with RITA, but a small government such as Fayette could be on-line yet this year.

BILLS—Metz told council at the Sept. 21 meeting that the village is getting very strict on the collection of water payments. She said it isn’t uncommon to find several postcards on a residence warning about a possible service shutoff.

Metz said that alternatives are suggested, including financial assistance, and payment schedules are encouraged. But if scheduled payments aren’t made, water service will be shut off.

Outstanding utility accounts are being assessed on property tax statements.

UNEMPLOYMENT—Metz learned that unemployment in Fulton County dropped from 12.6 percent a year ago to 9.7 percent in August.

In Williams County, the rated dropped from 15.8 percent to 11.8 percent in August. Statewide, only a small decline was posted.

ELECTRICITY—Village project engineer Bob Seigneur compared five potential electrical suppliers, but only two presented offers.

Duke Energy offered power at 6.3 cents a kilowatt hour on a nine-month term. The village’s current supplier, First Energy Solutions, offered rates ranging from 6.7 cents to 8.2 cents on a nine-year term. First Energy offers a six percent discount for residential users and a four percent discount for industrial users on the generation and transmission portion of a customer’s bill.

MEETING—Council voted 4-0, with Molitierno and Mike Maginn absent, to continue committee of the whole meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, through the end of the year. The regular council meeting follows on the third Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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