No support for Fayette income tax proposal 01.05.2011

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

A proposal to increase the village income tax for some residents failed to gain support at a special Fayette council meeting Thursday.

Village Fiscal Officer Lisa Zuver noted that some community governments, such as Stryker, have passed income tax reciprocity ordinances that bring additional revenue to the community where a worker resides.

If a Fayette resident works in another community that collects an income tax, the resident pays the tax where he or she works and Fayette receives nothing.

With the reciprocity measure, the worker would be required to pay an additional 0.5 percent tax to Fayette. For example, if a person earned $30,000 annually, $150 would be paid to Fayette in addition to the tax paid to another community.

The measure was expected to generate at least $25,000 for the village.

Zuver and village administrator Amy Metz answered council members’ questions about the proposal, but when it came time to call for a motion to move forward, none was forthcoming.

Mayor Ruth Marlatt said later that discussion about the issue included the understanding that water and sewer rates are likely to be increasing, and that will bring an increased financial burden to residents without adding more through the income tax proposal.

At the Dec. 22 meeting, council voted 4-0 to withdraw the previous tax ordinance in anticipation of approving the new version. Paula Ferguson abstained from the vote. Tommy Molitierno and Julia Ruger were absent.

Because the new amendment wasn’t passed—and it included a repeal of the old ordinance—the old tax code remains in effect, Metz explained later.

Council also approved an ordinance listing the salaries of village employees and made final appropriations adjustments to close out the year and.

ANTENNA—Council authorized Metz to sign an antenna lease agreement with Bright.Net when negotiations are completed.

In exchange for use of the village water tower, council is seeking cable service for three village locations; $75 a month rent; a $1.50 fee for each Fayette resident subscribing to Bright.Net’s internet service; and a seven-year contract.

PARKS—At the Dec. 22 council meeting, park director Scott Wagner listed projects on the park board’s agenda for 2011. The board intends to fill in the swimming pool, resurface basketball courts, purchase new picnic tables and tackle some fence work around ball fields and the park.

The Pizza Stop fund raiser brought in about $2,000 and additional revenue came through tournaments and renting facilities.

There are two vacancies on the park board. Anyone interested in serving on the board should contact the village office.

 

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