April 16, 2014

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Brunswick council against state tax bill

BRUNSWICK — City Council members moved quickly Monday to pass a resolution formally stating their opposition to Ohio House Bill 5 — a proposal aimed at making local income taxes more uniform.

“From our view, this bill creates more bureaucracy, costs more and fails to satisfy its purpose,” Lynette Ozanich, Brunswick’s chief tax clerk, told Council.

Ozanich said the bill is a replacement of House Bill 601, which Brunswick City Council also opposed in a resolution in 2012.

Todd Fischer, the city’s tax director, also opposes the bill.

Council passed the resolution at its first reading Monday. Councilman Vince Carl, 2nd Ward, asked to waive the three-reading rule to pass it immediately and have the resolution sent to lawmakers in Columbus.

“I feel like it does more good to send this down to Columbus rather than reading it here,” Carl said.

In other action

Also Monday, Council heard on first reading two ordinances that would rename the planning and zoning secretary position and increase the pay from a top salary of $31,824 to $37,440.

Pam Plavecski has served the city for 17 years as the planning and zoning secretary. The ordinance would give her the new title of planning and zoning coordinator.

City Manager Jim Lukas said “coordinator” is a better description of her job because her duties often include scheduling meetings with developers and the planning commission and advising Council on planning and development legislation.

“We thought it’s a better title and it also serves her better as she contacts developers regularly,” Lukas said.

Lukas said the pay raise was included because she has reached the top of the pay scale under the title of secretary.

Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would allow Police Chief Carl DeForest to purchase four new cruisers.

The legislation would set aside $84,750 for three 2013 Dodge Charger cruisers and $31,250 for a Ford Utility Police Interceptor sport utility vehicle.

All the vehicles would be purchased through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to get a lower price.

DeForest said he would like to have the four vehicles out on the road as early as this summer.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.