Mason discusses B&O tax

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — An increase in the business and occupation tax in the Town of Mason was discussed when the council held it’s most recent meeting.

Mayor Donna Dennis said at least one council member requested that a hike in the tax rates be put on the agenda.

After discussion however, the council agreed that the extra money is not needed by the town at the present time. Members felt the lower rates remain an incentive for new businesses to locate within the municipality, Dennis stated. She added the council agreed that the issue might be addressed again at a later time if the funds are needed.

Also at the meeting, yearly employee incentives were approved in the following amounts: $250 for full-time employees, $150 for part-time employees, and $50 for council members.

In other action, the council:

Agreed to keep the police chief as a salary employee as opposed to an hourly one, following an executive session;

Agreed to purchase a 16-foot Christmas tree from Bob’s Market at a cost of $80;

Reported the low bids for the two wastewater project upgrade contracts were lower than anticipated;

Heard a report from Police Chief Rich Gilkey that Sgt. Colton McKinney and Officer Kendall Roush are participating in the “No Shave November” benefit for Holden Keefer, making personal donations;

Agreed to purchase advertisements for both the Wahama yearbook and the school winter sports program; and,

Discussed a number of Christmas events planned by the town, including a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 30, parade on Dec. 2, and lighting contest on Dec. 21.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Christy McDonald, and council members Becky Pearson, Emily Henry, Marty Yeager, Sharon Kearns, and Ricky Kearns.

The next meetings were set for Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m., and Dec. 21 at 12:30 p.m.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at