SHREVE -- The village of Shreve is considering using the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), a service to collect income tax for municipalities in Ohio.
Fiscal officer Jessica Flinner presented the option to council during its March 6 meeting. RITA currently serves more than 250 municipalities or approximately 40 percent of municipalities in Ohio, including nearby Sugarcreek.
"Sugarcreek saw their revenue increase by 60 percent" since they started using RITA in 2012, Flinner told the council. She heard from other municipalities that their revenues had increased between 50 and 70 percent.
"Everyone we have spoken to says they would never go back to doing taxes themselves," Flinner said.
RITA takes 3 to 5 percent off the top while the village collects the rest of the income tax. The tax agency also handles collection and litigation with taxpayers that have not paid the village income tax or payment from any non-filers.
Other municipalities recommended Shreve speak with its local businesses and community as a whole and let them know ahead of time if they choose to go with RITA. Council has come to no decision yet and if the village does choose to use the service, it would likely not switch over until January.
Last month, Shreve council entered into a contract with Spectrum Enterprise for phone and internet services. CenturyLink currently handles these services, which will be canceled after Spectrum goes live today, March 10.
The approximate cost for the village will be $304.91 per month plus four $100 installation fees for hook up at the police station, village hall and two utility plants. The water treatment plant will remain on the same internet service and only switch over its phone service to Spectrum.
Council members reviewed a water ordinance designating the number of pool credits per season. The ordinance states each customer may receive an allowance when "initially" filling their private swimming pool and must take a meter reading before and after filling the pool.
Shreve will host the 17th annual Shreve Spring Migration Sensation on March 18 with activities at Shreve Elementary School and the surrounding Killbuck Wildlife Area. The village will play host to the Bike Rodeo on May 6 in the new gym at the elementary school to teach children the proper use of bicycles on the roadway.
Reporter Emily Morgan can be reached at 330-287-1632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.