2008-01-12 / News

Baltimore delays decision on income tax administrator

BALTIMORE - Village Council members still haven't decided what firmwill serve as the village's income tax administrator for the next three years.

Competing ordinances were tabled at the January 2 council meeting. Council members appear to be split between awarding the contract to the current administrator - The Fentress Group LLC of Worthington - or to the Baltimore officeof Winfree Ruff & Associates. Mayor Robert Kalish strongly favors the local company, but council members haven't taken a vote on the issue since Council member Robert Hankison abstained from

November vote. His action kept Kalish from voting to break a tie and caused the award to Winfree Ruff to fail by a 3-2 vote. Four votes are required to approve an ordinance.

Council members elected Judy Landis as council president during the 2008 reorganizational. Council will continue to meet at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Kalish made the following committee appointments for 2008.

Finance: Jim Hochradel, chair; Tony House and Landis.

Service: Tony House, chair; Jim Hochradel and Dwayne Mohler.

Safety: Judy Landis, chair; Chuck Keller and Hankison.

Rules: Robert Hankison, chair; Mohler and Keller.

Members of the Baltimore Planning Commission are: Kalish, Hochradel, Dave Richards, Richard Weaver and Harold Kraft. Weaver's term expires at the end of this year.

Board of Zoning Appeals members are: Kay Williamson, Steve Norton, Robert Williams and Paul Cornett. Williams' term expires June 19, 2008. There is one vacancy on the board. Kalish is accepting resumes from Baltimore residents until Feb. 1 for the that position. The term runs through June 18, 2010.

Judy Landis will continue to represent council on the Basil Joint Fire District Board. Ted Reedy is the community representative with a term running through june 22, 2010. Jim Hochradel is the Baltimore representative on the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission. Tony House is the alternate.

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