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Oregon City Council on Monday will vote on an ordinance that makes its municipal tax code more consistent with House Bill 5, which was passed last year by the Ohio Legislature.

House Bill 5 streamlines Ohio’s municipal tax code. Businesses backed the measure, saying it creates a more business friendly environment. Many local governments were opposed because they said it would add unnecessary administrative burdens on businesses and their employees who conduct business activities in municipalities.

Ohio was the only state where municipalities set their own rules and regulations on collection of income taxes. Several different communities use different forms to collect annual income taxes.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking on the icon on the upper right.


Greetings All –
Dawn over Wrightsville Beach was a beauty--hues of red, pink, yellow and gold peeking over the horizon. Good thing too, since North Carolina has gotten its licks in on me this week. I had looked forward to my ride on the Outer Banks, but the incessant rain, clouds and head winds have made NC a bit of a wet slog.

Health insurance coverage for employees in Lake Township will remain with the current providers.

The township trustees Tuesday approved renewing coverage with Medical Mutual for health insurance and with Guardian for dental, vision and life insurance.

The trustees said they were pleased with small rate increases from 2015.

In 2015, it costs the township $27,859 a month for health insurance coverage from Medical Mutual. Next year, that coverage will cost $27,869 a month – an increase of .04 percent.

Guardian will continue to provide dental coverage. In 2016, coverage will cost $21,343 a year – a 6 percent increase from this year’s cost of $20,125 a year.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider paying Poggemeyer Design group $892,336 to provide additional design services and work associated with the construction of the Oregon Municipal Complex Energy Improvement & Building Upgrade project.

Last year, the city approved a $2,963,000 contract with Poggemeyer for the design and construction of the project.

It was anticipated during last year’s capital budget process that the project would expand once underway in response to unanticipated, necessary structural or energy improvements, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“We said this would be an ongoing project. As we opened up the roof, we would find things. We actually found worse things than we thought,” said Beazley.

A recommendation to purchase a security camera system for Woodmore High School was approved Tuesday by the board of education but not before one board member sought assurances the cost wasn’t straining the permanent improvement fund.

Superintendent Linda Bringman received unanimous support from the board when she updated members on a proposal to spend about $32,000 on a camera system for the school.

But Joe Liszak, a member of the board’s finance committee, said the cameras shouldn’t come at the expense of new textbooks.

“I want to make sure we have enough money in the PI fund,” Liszak, said Wednesday. “Coming up, we’re going to need a new bus and I want to make sure all of the kids have textbooks before we use money on security cameras. That’s my priority that we have up to date, good textbooks.”

Summer Olympics

Are you watching the Summer Olympics in Rio?
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