A panel is to work on the city's fiscal recovery plan.
By MARALINE KUBIK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CAMPBELL -- The city's deficit grew by $15,000 over the last month, and it's still two weeks behind in issuing pay checks, but not all the news is bad.
Nita R. Hendryx, assistant chief project manager with the state auditor's Northeast Region and financial supervisor for the city's seven-member financial planning and supervision commission, said Thursday that the city will receive about $20,000 in state Local Government funds this month. She made that announcement at a meeting of the commission, which will develop a plan for the city's fiscal recovery
Until now, the Mahoning County Auditor held Campbell's share of the money to cover debts the city owed the county. Those debts have been paid in full, Hendryx said, so the money will be forwarded to the city.
However, there is a chance that other agencies could attach future local government moneys to cover unpaid dues to the Public Employees Retirement Fund and the police and firefighters' retirement funds. Campbell is in arrears in payments to those funds by about $400,000, Hendryx said. So, she stressed, it is imperative that the commission find a way to pay that debt as soon as possible.
As far as income tax collections, Hendryx said the city has collected $13,000 in funds owed and made arrangements for the payment of some $45,000. Letters were also sent advising those who owe back taxes collectively totaling some $288,000 that they must pay up or face fines, Hendryx said.
At Thursday's meeting, commission members unanimously approved hiring the Regional Income Tax Agency to pursue the collections.
RITA will assume tax collections as soon as the paperwork is completed, she said.
The commission's next meeting is tentatively set for 11 a.m. Sept. 23.