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Council discusses new way of handling income tax forms

February 13, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

One of the main topics of discussion at last week's Canfield City Council meeting was the city income tax. For the first year since it was collected, the city is not sending out the tax forms.

Most city residents were informed through a mailer that described how to get a form or do taxes on the city's web site.

"We have forms on the city's website, or they are available at City Hall," said Councilman Bruce Neff.

Finance Director Christine Stack was asked why the mailers were sent out and not the tax forms. She replied the mailers were a lot cheaper than the forms and a lot of city residents prefer doing their taxes online.

One area of concern for resident Kathryn Young was the penalties that were in the new tax code. According to the mailer, everyone over age 18 in the city now has to file an income tax form each year.

If a person doesn't, they would be subject to a penalty.

"Why do we have a penalty for not filing when the state and Federal does not?" she asked.

City Attorney Mark Fortunato said the penalty and required filing is a state requirement the city must meet in order to continue collecting income taxes.

One other issue brought up at the meeting was the older residents on Social Security. For years, some have not had to file a tax form, but now they will have to, even though the city cannot tax them. Stack said some of those residents had been removed from the income tax list, but now will have to be re-activated. As for any penalty on a resident who was unaware they had to file, Stack said the city can waive any penalty depending on circumstances.

On a different issue, Council approved an ordinance to amend the Annexation Agreement with Canfield Township that was previously entered into by the city. The agreement contained language that didn't match. The ordinance passed by a 3-1 vote with Bruce Neff casting the no vote.

"I will vote no because I feel Millennium Moments development should be part of the city," he said.

Two other ordinances were approved in a 4-0 vote that allowed for a contract with engineers to do a study on water flow and sewer flow, to see how much the city lines can handle. The study will take into account future properties including Redgate Farm property.

In other business:

Council approved the issuance of bonds not to exceed $106,555 for acquiring and equipping a new utility bucket truck to replace the present 1987 model. The old truck will likely be sent to auction in Pennsylvania.



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