Tuesday, June 13, 2000

City to collect property tax




By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — The city of Newport will start collecting property taxes for the Newport Independent School District beginning with the 2000 tax bills, a job previously handled by the county.

        City commissioners Monday night approved first reading of an ordinance to turn the tax collection duties over to the city.

        “This is a win-win situation for the city and the school board,” Mayor Tom Guidugli said. “The school district will gain additional tax money through the city's tax collection plan, and the city will be paid $100,000 in collection fees that previously were paid to the sheriff.”

        City Manager Phil Ciafardini said the city's finance department did an analysis of the collection process and determined that the school district would realize an additional $210,000 annually in taxes, penalties, interest and interest income with the city collecting the tax. He said school district personnel verified the estimate.

        The city has an aggressive tax collection program with a

        collection rate near 100 percent.

        Mayor Guidugli said all the money collected from both taxing entities will remain in the city.

Road to be widened
        After a closed session, commissioners approved by a 3-1 vote the sale of a small portion of land on Monmouth Street (U.S. 27) at the un derpass between 12th and 13th streets to the state.

        The state will purchase 659 feet and will also pay the city for grading easements, the total amount coming to about $25,000.

        “The state must purchase the property to open the mouths of 12th Street and 13th Street where they exit into Monmouth Street at the underpass,” said the city's community service director, Chris Novak.

        In addition to widening the mouths of the two streets to provide better and safer entrance and exit, the state will remove a portion of the high retaining wall, replace it will a lower wall and grade the land above the wall.

        Commissioner Ken Rechtin voted against the proposal, pointing out that widening the mouth of 13th Street would mean more traffic and higher speeds through a residential neighborhood. He said 13th Street is already used as a shortcut by many motorists to avoid the traffic signal at 11th and Monmouth.

       



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