Friday, May 10, 2002

Town to tax incomes

Wage assessment follows levy failure

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        MAINEVILLE — Council took the first step Thursday night toward adopting a 1 percent earnings tax for anyone who works or lives in the Warren County village.

        The ordinance was passed as an emergency measure, but officials agreed not to enact it until it is read at three meetings.

        Mayor Dale Marconet said the readings would give the public a chance to voice opinions. The second will be 7 p.m. May 23 at Maineville Village Hall, 8188 State Route 48.

        Highlights of the proposed ordinance affecting this village of 900 include:

        • Appointing a tax administrator for the village or contracting the service.

        • Funds collected would pay expenses of the tax administration first, with the remainder going to the village's general fund.

        • A board of review for taxpayers to appeal decisions of the tax administration would be established.

        The decision to broach an earnings tax came two days after voters turned down police and operating levies. It has not been determined how much tax would be generated.

        “It's been a rough two days,” said Councilmember Donna Lambert, who chairs council's finance committee.

        “What we had to do here tonight was something I was kind of hoping we would not have to do.”


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