West Milton council approves tax collection change

WEST MILTON — After a substantial increase in fees, the West Milton council approved the transfer of the administration of income taxes from the City of Vandalia to the Central Collection Agency (CCA).

CCA is a division of the City of Cleveland.

West Milton has contracted with Vandalia for several years to handle the processing of local income taxes. West Milton staff had no complaints with the City of Vandalia, Municipal Manager Matt Kline said.

“We, quite frankly, do not really want to leave them,” Kline explained.

However, a drastic increase in costs — an increase of about $50,000 — prompted city staff to look for another agency.

Kline said they considered both Huber Heights and Troy before deciding to contract with the City of Cleveland’s tax collection division.

“It’s a very strong organization,” Kline said. “I believe we’ll have a smooth transition.”

CCA works with more than 50 other communities and has a location in Dayton.

“This does save us money,” Kline said. “It will probably save us at least $25,000, perhaps $30,000.”

The council also approved an ordinance allowing staff to apply for Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) funding for a joint sewer project with Ludlow Falls.

According to Kline, Ludlow Falls officials are interested in the extension of sanitary sewer to their community.

“We have been working with the Village of Ludlow Falls for quite some time now,” Kline said. “They are offered our water but they are not a sewered community.”

The project would also entail the construction of a force main and a lift station. This multi-year project would require funding from the OPWC.

At the meeting, Kline also delivered the annual budget message as required by the charter. Department heads will be directed to create their budgets for 2016, which will be reviewed in the coming months, Kline said.

Budget concerns for the coming year include employee health insurance and the income tax ordinance. These issues will be discussed at the upcoming work session.

Council also recognized the community pride winners for the month of July.

“Too many times we hear about homes with high grass, trash in the backyard, or other problems,” Mayor Fred Francis said. “We also like to take the time to acknowledge the good in our community.”

This month’s winners are Carl Chasteen, Rick and Brenda Marker, and Chris and Lindsay Fulton.