MASON — Since early August, the Mason Town Council has either voted for, or discussed, various ways to bring in additional revenue because spending is consistently exceeding income.
A municipal fee, municipal sales tax, and an increase in the business and occupation tax have all been agreed upon by members. But at the most recent meeting, the council decided upon a “wait and see” approach, according to Mayor Donna Dennis.
The council first voted to establish a $2 municipal fee to be added onto water customers’ monthly statements. That vote was later rescinded when the council agreed to move forward with a municipal sales tax. The tax would have charged consumers shopping within the corporation an additional percentage.
Next, the council moved on to increasing the B&O tax in the areas of retail sales, services and rentals. The mayor said a meeting was held Oct. 1 with about a half dozen business owners attending, who were opposed to the increase, although she told the owners they could pass the increase on to their customers. Most of those same business owners attended the regular council meeting Oct. 3.
The council has now agreed to do nothing at this time to increase revenue. Members will wait until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020, to see if measures being taken by the town to decrease expenditures are enough to stay within the amount of money being brought in.
Town income has been approximately $460,000 annually, while expenditures have been $490,000, the mayor has stated in past meetings.
In other action, the council:
Agreed to have Fetty’s Tree Service remove a tree on town property at a cost of $1,100;
Heard expressions of appreciation from the mayor to Bob’s Market and Greenhouses for the hanging flower baskets throughout the town, Pullins Excavating for stump removal at the park, and Brian and Sharon Kearns for electrical outlets and installation at the park;
Heard concerns from resident Larry Daniel regarding street lights that are out or blinking;
Held the second reading of amendments to the burning ordinance; and,
Announced the Christmas parade on Dec. 7, as well as plans for the decorated trees in the park for the second year.
The next meeting will be Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.