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3/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Plusquellic to present state of the city April 2

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The 2014 State of the City Address by Mayor Don Plusquellic will take place April 2 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. The address is co-sponsored by the Greater Akron Chamber, Kiwanis Club of Akron, the Rotary Club of Akron, Akron Press Club and the Akron Roundtable.

In the address, Plusquellic will touch upon the municipal achievements of 2013 and talk about current and future city issues and projects.

In 2011, Plusquellic was re-elected to a seventh term and this year began his 28th year as mayor of Akron. He is the city’s longest-serving mayor and is a life-long resident of Akron. He became the 59th mayor of Akron in January 1987, after serving 13 years on Akron City Council, including three years as president. Citizens of Ward 9 first elected him to Council as their representative in 1973, when he was 24.

A graduate of Kenmore High School, Plusquellic attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering and graduated from Bowling Green State University School of Business. He earned his law degree from The University of Akron School of Law.

Registration and networking will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the program and lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. To make a reservation, call the Greater Akron Chamber at 330-237-1237 or register at www.greaterakronchamber.org, through the events calendar. Reservations are due by noon March 28. The cost is $22 for individuals and $220 for a table of 10 people.


Akron Council passes 2014 operating budget

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2014 operating budget at just more than $500 million. There was little discussion on the budget legislation, which was introduced last week.

Income tax revenue is expected to be up 2.5 percent this year; however, local government funding has decreased significantly, from $14 million in 2007 to $6.1 million. Other state funding is down as well, said Budget and Finance Chairman Mike Freeman (D-Ward 9).

In other legislative action, Council approved a bond issuance of $50 million for the community learning center building project. Freeman said this is the third issuance and sale of bonds for the project. The state will match the funding, which means $100 million will go toward the construction of the next 10 buildings, he said.

The next Council meeting will take place March 24 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. in Downtown Akron. Committee meetings are set to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.


Board of Revision complaint forms due by March 31

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise reminds taxpayers the deadline to file a complaint form (DTE 1) against the valuation of real property is March 31.

Taxpayers who do not agree with the valuation of their property have the opportunity to file a complaint with the Board of Revision for review of property values. When a complaint is filed, the Board of Revision will schedule a hearing, review all testimony and evidence presented, and then issue a decision on whether a correction should be made to the valuation. The board does not hear complaints regarding real estate taxes.

The DTE 1 form is required to be signed, dated and notarized. Submissions must be postmarked on or before March 31. Complaint forms can be hand delivered or mailed to the Summit County Fiscal Office, 175 S. Main St., Room 302, Akron, OH 44308 or the satellite office at Summit County Board of Revision, 2525 State Road, Room 153, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.

Property owners may obtain the DTE 1 form by calling 330-643-2631 or at fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and choosing the Board of Revision Complaint link on the home page. The complaint form is a PDF fill-in.

Board of Revision members are the fiscal officer, county executive, county clerk of courts and/or their representatives.


Akron Community Foundation temporarily relocates for post-fire restoration

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Beginning March 24, Akron Community Foundation’s (ACF) offices will temporarily relocate to the U.S. Bank Building at 195 S. Main St., Suite 300.

The nonprofit has been closed this week for the relocation.

According to ACF President and CEO John Petures Jr., the move will allow for comprehensive restoration at the ACF’s permanent office building at 345 W. Cedar St. Half of the interior of that building was destroyed in a Jan. 10 fire of unknown origin.

“Our temporary relocation will enable contractors to more quickly demolish and rebuild the sections of our building that were damaged by the fire,” Petures said.

Construction and renovations are expected to last six to nine months. The ACF will continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and staff can continue to be reached at 330-376-8522 after resuming operations March 24. More details, including information about the temporary location and post-fire progress, are available at www.akroncf.org/buildingupdate.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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