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New Franklin offering help with income tax filing

1/24/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin officials are organizing help for area residents needing to file their city income taxes.

At the Jan. 16 meeting, Mayor Al Bollas asked Council for permission to set up several days where the city’s income tax collection agency, RITA, will be available at City Hall, located at 5611 Manchester Road, to help area residents fill out the necessary forms to file the required city income tax paperwork. The service is free to both the filer and the city.

According to Treasurer Susan Cooke, all residents of New Franklin are required to file taxes on the city’s 1 percent income tax. Those who pay income tax to another municipality are credited for making income payments to other communities, but they are still required to file that information. Even those who do not work and are retired are required to file, she added.

City officials announced this past November that 3,200 letters of notification had been sent out to residents for failing to file the city’s income tax forms.

“A lot of people don’t understand that whether they have to pay taxes or not, they are still required to file,” said Cooke.

Dates for the income-tax filing help have yet to be established.

In other business, Council agreed to a change in its meetings. Committee-of-the-Whole meetings will continue to start at 6 p.m., but the regular meeting will start immediately following the end of those meetings instead of at 7 p.m. The change is effective for Council’s next meeting, Feb. 6, at City Hall.

“This will be beneficial to the public because they will then be present during the public discussion portion of the meeting, where business is discussed,” said Councilman Joe Parsons (at large).

Council also voted to approve legislation to obtain pavement marking services through the Summit County Engineer’s Office, which aggregates the work for a number of communities in the county to reduce the cost of the road-striping work for all. New Franklin plans to do almost 64 miles of road-striping work that includes both center and edge lines this spring.

Also during the meeting, Bollas reported the number of wireless calls to 9-1-1 have increased from 3,526 in 2010 to 4,508 in 2012 while calls from land lines continue to decrease.

“This has been a bit of a problem because in certain areas the call gets picked up in Clinton or in Green and has to be transferred, causing a delay,” he said.

In addition, Council approved the appointment of Roy Mosley II to a six-year term on the Civil Service Commission ending Dec. 31, 2018. He takes over for Ken Tallman, who resigned in December.

According to his résumé, Mosley was a deputy for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office from 1972 to 1985; the police chief for Lawrence Township from 1985 to 1994; and the assistant vice president of corporate security for FirstMerit Bank from 1994 to March 2012. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.

Bollas also announced that Jerry Salisbury, an expert on the subject of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which is used to extract natural gas from shale, is scheduled to speak to Council on the matter at the next meeting at 6 p.m.

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