CITY COUNCIL Measures take aim at money woes

The city plans to ask residents to approve a 5-mill operating levy.
CAMPBELL -- During a special meeting Monday night, city council passed one resolution and advanced seven other pieces of legislation to second readings.
All of the legislation is designed to help pave the way for a plan to bring the city out of fiscal emergency and is expected to be adopted Wednesday night after second readings at a special meeting tonight and third readings at a special meeting Wednesday.
The fiscal oversight commission, which will map out the recovery plan, meets Thursday morning.
The resolution passed Monday asks the Mahoning County auditor's office to certify tax valuation of the city and the amount of revenue that would be generated by a 5-mill operating levy.
Council requested the information in anticipation of a tax levy that members hope to place on the November ballot.
Various items
Legislation advanced to second readings would place the 5-mill, five-year operating levy on the ballot, remove liens on four properties because money owed for water services was paid and place a $2,917 lien on a Sanderson Avenue property because the owner failed to pay in full costs associated with the installation of a water main and water service.
Once adopted, the legislation also will reaffirm resolutions authorizing the city to pick up 41/2 percent of employee contributions to the police and fire pension system under new procedures adopted by the Ohio Police & amp; Fire Pension Fund, and allow the city to put an amendment to the city's charter before voters.
The amendment would allow the city to consider alternate means of providing fire protection, rather than being locked into maintaining a full-time fire department.
Council meets at 8 tonight and Wednesday in council chambers.

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