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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

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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