Leetonia Council OKs process to go after delinquent income taxes
LEETONIA — Village Council this week approved action to recover delinquent income taxes for this year.
Council approved a two-step process to secure the delinquent taxes through RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency), which collects the taxes for the village. RITA will first send letters to delinquents at no cost to the village. If there is no response, RITA will then administer subpoenas requiring the delinquents to appear at a local location such as the library. The subpoenas will cost $8 per letter, but ensure by law that the delinquents respond.
Mayor Kevin Siembida said he did not have the exact amount of delinquent tax payers.
In other business, Village Administrator Gary Phillips said all customers are compliant with the new water meter replacement project and all new meters, over 850, have been installed, although two customers were non-compliant at the end before eventually agreeing to have their meters replaced. Phillips said the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) loan will soon be closed with the village ahead $22,000 more than expected, meaning that much more less that the village will have to pay interest on.
Also at the meeting, Zoning Inspector Bill Pitts reported the home at 609 Columbia St., which has been vacant for approximately 15 years, has been acquired by the Columbiana County Land Bank. He said the lien and back taxes have been forgiven and the land bank will be doing something with the property at some point. He also said the land bank owns the property at 132 Vine St. and he will be working with them to have it torn down.
Additionally council granted permission to Shade Tree Commissioner Jeff Schreiber to use the old dog pen at village hall as a tree nursery. He said the nursery will have tree seedlings in pots that can be moved and planted in other locations.
Schreiber also reported the village’s tree inventory will begin next week.
The Annual Spring Cleanup is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 and 11 behind village hall for village residents only. Tires must be off the rim and there is a charge of $1 per tire. No televisions, refrigerators or air conditioners will be accepted.
Phillips said anyone wanting to volunteer for the event can contact him at village hall.
Siembida reminded community members about the community breakfast and yard sale May 18.
The free breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown or at St. Patrick Catholic Church social hall if there is inclement weather. The menu will include pancakes with fresh fruit, eggs, sausage and hash browns.
The second annual yard sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wick Park.
Phillips reported the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking census takers starting in late June at $16 per hour. There are 97 jobs now and a total of 837 jobs in Columbiana County. For information or to apply call 855-JOB-2020 or visit 2020census.gov/jobs.
A planning commission meeting to review the new updated building code book is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 22 at village hall.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 15 at village hall.