ARCHBOLD — The village council here approved two pieces of legislation and was given an update on tax revenue at its first meeting of the month on Monday evening.
According to administrator Donna Dettling, revenue from the village’s 1.5% income tax is up 6.5% through March from the 2021 figure.
Revenue totaled about $1,296,000 in the first three months of 2022, compared to $1,217,000 in the first quarter of 2021, she said.
The village is asking voters to approve a 0.3% tax increase in the May 3 election. If approved, it would raise income tax from 1.5% to 1.8%.
The extra amount would bring in about $970,000 a year, according to Dettling, and help fund the hiring of four full-time paramedics/firefighters and relieve pressure on the general fund to provide emergency services. She previously said the positions were needed to meet the “minimum staffing requirements” of the village’s EMS contract with Fulton County.
Income tax is levied on the labor income of Archbold residents and those who work there. Residents who remit income to other communities where they work receive a full 1.5% credit for paying this tax.
In other business on Monday, counsel:
• approved an emergency resolution authorizing participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s 2022 road salt contract. The emergency clause allows the legislation to become law as soon as it is signed by the mayor rather than after the usual waiting period.
• Passed an Emergency Ordinance adopting the Codified Village Ordinances adopted since January.
• learned that the Archbold-German Township Fire Department handled 90 calls for service in March.
• discussed the comparison of water and wastewater prepared by Detlting. This compares water and sewer rates in the village with those of surrounding communities.