Millersburg grateful for income tax passage

By KELLEY MOHRStaff Writer Published:

Council said thank you Monday to several people who made the passage of the income tax increase possible.

After more than 30 years without an income tax increase, voters approved an increase on Nov. 6 from 1 percent to 1.5 percent after two previously failed attempts.

"I personally would like to thank the residents of the village of Millersburg for coming out ... and supporting us in the passage of the half percent income tax increase," said Mayor Jeff Huebner, who also thanked the income tax committee -- made up of Wayne McDowell, Mike Taylor, Arlie Rodhe, Brent and Jenny Hofstetter, Elmer Brown and Kelly Hoffee -- for spearheading the effort to pass the measure.

"This group of residents did a great deal to get the message out about this and how important it was to get it passed. I can't thank them enough for the job that they have done," said Huebner.

In recognition of Veterans Day, council also gave thanks to those who serve.

"We'd like to thank the veterans for serving the country and allowing us the freedom to go out and vote the way we did," Huebner said.

As previously stated, council began the process of repealing the $15 fee on all licensed motor vehicles in the village, which goes into effect Jan. 1.

"One thing that we have always stated is that we would repeal any and all fees that were implemented by this council," said Huebner. "We have stated all along that we would repeal and we intend to follow through on that promise."

The fee will be repealed in January 2014.

"The state will not allow us to repeal (the license plate fee) mid-year," Huebner said. "Once the paperwork is signed, we submit it to the state and (the repeal) will be effective Jan. 14, 2014."

Village solicitor Bob Hines will begin drafting legislation.

Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or kmohr@the-daily-record.com.

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