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County Council returns from break

8/7/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Following a month-long annual recess, Summit County Council returned for a regular meeting Aug. 4.

Four pieces of legislation passed on first reading, as well as three motions. Council additionally heard first readings of 30 other items, which are expected to be discussed in committee meetings next week.

Two action items were related to the county’s proposed 0.25 percent sales and use tax increase, rescinding the original ballot proposal and supplying language without mention of funding a Downtown Akron arena. [For more on the change to the proposed sales and use tax, see related story on Page 1.]

In other business, Council approved a contract for printing and mailing notices to nearly 150,000 homeowners with reappraisal values.

Dennis Menendez, representing the county’s Fiscal Office, said 2014 is a sexennial reappraisal year whereby representatives of the Fiscal Office go out and physically look at every property in the county.

The fiscal officer does “road shows,” first sending mailers out to all owner-occupied houses, which gives people an opportunity to review the information and address any errors prior to the tax being done, he said.

The first road show is set for Sept. 2 in Fairlawn, said Menendez, calling for first reading passage of the legislation to spend $96,200 for printing and mailing with RR Donnelley.

In other action, Council confirmed the following:

  • the reappointment of Constance Hesske to the Audit Committee for a two-year term;
  • the reappointments of Deborah Matz, with alternate Bob McDowall, and Jill Skapin, with alternate Tina Merlitti, to the Emergency Management Executive Committee, both for one-year terms; and
  • the appointment of Ross Nicholson to replace Don Gallimore to the Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization (NEFCO) Intergovernmental Review Committee, for a one-year term retroactive to Jan. 1, as well as the appointments of Michael Vinay as City of Barberton Mayor William Judge’s first alternate, replacing Elwood Palmer, and Joe Stefan as second alternate to the NEFCO Intergovernmental Review Committee and the NEFCO Policy Committee.

Council will next meet for committee meetings Aug. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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