South Side News & Notes
Green Council hosting public hearings
GREEN — Green City Council will host a public hearing Jan. 22 at about 7:05 p.m. at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.
According to city officials, the purpose of the hearing is to review six requests to renew applications for the placement of certain properties into an agriculture district. The properties include: 117 acres at 705 Killinger Road (Dean and Dorene Hartong, trustees); 14 acres at 4391 Cottage Grove Road (Konrad and Sidonia Pilz); 57 acres at 1017 Appleridge Road (Donna Galford); 212 acres at 486 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road (John Beese); 20 acres at 1480 Greensburg Road (James St. John); and 39 acres at 798 E. Caston Road (Janet and George Esterle).
Area residents are invited to attend the public hearing to speak on the requests, according to city officials.
For more information, contact Council Clerk Molly Stevens at 330-896-6604.
Green mayor to present State of the City Address
GREEN — Green Mayor Dick Norton will present his annual State of the City Address Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Raintree Country Club, 4350 Mayfair Road.
This year’s address, titled “Progress to Prosperity,” will review the city’s accomplishments of 2012 and share what residents and businesses can expect in 2013, according to city officials.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, appetizers and soft drinks, followed by the address at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required by contacting Amy Sehm at 330-896-6602 or asehm@cityof green.org.
Norton chooses to present the State of the City at a special City Council meeting held at Raintree Country Club to accommodate more residents who wish to attend, according to city officials, and last year, more than 250 city leaders and residents attended the event.
“As we continue to build Green as a city, we are making great progress,” said Norton. “Our emphasis is on sustainable growth in terms of developing all facets of the city for long-term success.”
Presentation about teen behavior coming to Spring Hill Junior High
SPRINGFIELD — A presentation about risky teen behavior will be presented Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Spring Hill Junior High Gymnasium, located at 660 Lessig Ave.
The free presentation, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” designed by Bath and Copley police departments for parents, includes an interactive display designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom, according to event officials. The exhibit contains items that may indicate a teenager is involved in risky behaviors and illegal activities such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the 90-minute presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
No youths will be admitted to the event, but all others are invited to participate, according to event officials.
Earned Income Credit campaign kicks off
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic helped kick off the campaign to encourage local taxpayers to take advantage of the Akron Summit Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program last week.
At a press conference Jan. 9 at the Akron Community Foundation, Plusquellic and Malcolm Costa, CEO and president of Akron Summit Community Action, touted the EITC program as a way for low- to moderate-income working families to get their full tax refund of up to $5,891 in as little as seven days or less using direct deposit.
Taxpayers eligible for the program may have their taxes prepared and filed for free at one of four local sites starting Jan. 23. They are Akron Summit Community Action Inc., 670 W. Exchange St. in West Akron; Georgia W. Daverio School of Accountancy, The University of Akron, 259 S. Broadway St. in Downtown Akron; Barberton Parks and Recreation Active Adult Division, 500 W. Hopocan Ave. in Barberton; and Akron Summit Community Action Inc., 1367 Doty Drive in Springfield.
For an appointment, call 866-861-7401.
Criminal incidents down in Akron
AKRON — According to the eight major offenses tracked by the Akron Police Department and reported in the annual Uniform Crime Report to the FBI, the overall crime rate in Akron is down 12 percent from last year, city officials announced last week.
Police Chief James Nice reported that overall tracked incidents have decreased from 13,448 to 11,842.
“Although our police staffing remains reduced at this time because of budget constraints, as with all our departments, our police force is made up of dedicated officers who are working hard to serve our city,” said Mayor Don Plusquellic in a news release.
Total reported crimes were compared in eight categories, and rates were down in all categories: murder (-11 percent), robbery (-23 percent), sexual assault (-8 percent), burglary (-22 percent), aggravated assault (-4 percent), total theft (-5 percent), motor vehicle theft (-12 percent) and arson (-1 percent).
“We have a police test coming up, and my hope is to add more able men and women to our force,” Nice said. “Right now our force is mostly reactionary, meaning we solve crimes after they occur. Having more people on our force will allow us to be more proactive, so that we can aim to prevent some of these crimes from happening in the first place. ”
Annual inflation adjustments announced for 2013
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced annual inflation adjustments for tax year 2013, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes from the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
The tax items for 2013 of greatest interest to most taxpayers, according to IRS officials, include the following changes.
• Beginning in tax year 2013 (generally for tax returns filed in 2014), a new tax rate of 39.6 percent has been added for individuals whose income exceeds $400,000 ($450,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return). The other marginal rates — 10 percent, 15 percent, 25 percent, 28 percent, 33 percent and 35 percent — remain the same as in prior years. The guidance contains the taxable income thresholds for each of the marginal rates.
• The standard deduction rises to $6,100 ($12,200 for married couples filing jointly), up from $5,950 ($11,900 for married couples filing jointly) for tax year 2012.
• The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 added a limitation for itemized deductions claimed on 2013 returns of individuals with incomes of $250,000 or more ($300,000 for married couples filing jointly).
• The personal exemption rises to $3,900, up from the 2012 exemption of $3,800. However, beginning in 2013, the exemption is subject to a phase-out that begins with adjusted gross incomes of $250,000 ($300,000 for married couples filing jointly). It phases out completely at $372,500 ($422,500 for married couples filing jointly.)
• The Alternative Minimum Tax exemption amount for tax year 2013 is $51,900 ($80,800 for married couples filing jointly), set by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which indexes future amounts for inflation. The 2012 exemption amount was $50,600 ($78,750 for married couples filing jointly).
• The maximum Earned Income Credit amount is $6,044 for taxpayers filing jointly who have three or more qualifying children, up from a total of $5,891 for tax year 2012.
• Estates of decedents who die during 2013 have a basic exclusion amount of $5.25 million, up from a total of $5.12 million for estates of decedents who died in 2012.
• For tax year 2013, the monthly limitation regarding the aggregate fringe benefit exclusion amount for transit passes and transportation in a commuter highway vehicle is $245, up from $240 for tax year 2012 (the legislation provided a retroactive increase from the $125 limit that had been in place).
Details on these inflation adjustments and others are contained in Revenue Procedure 2013-15, which will be published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2013-5 Jan. 28. Other inflation adjusted items were published in October 2012 in Revenue Procedure 2012-41.
Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.
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