Monday evening, Chillicothe Council passed a resolution opposing a proposal from the governor.
Part of Governor Kasich's budget for the next two years is a plan to centralize collection of municipal income tax. That means, across Ohio, the state would process the tax returns for cities like Chillicothe.
Dustin Proehl sponsored the resolution. He said the city can give better, in-person, local customer service for something as important as taxes...and it could have a financial impact.
Circleville considered a similar resolution last week. They mentioned the state might be able to keep some of the money with this proposal...which would be in addition to several other losses of revenue to cities, because of state actions in the last few years.
The resolution also mentions it is an attack on the "home rule" powers granted to municipalities by the Ohio Constitution...and several losses of revenue to cities because of state actions in the last few years.
Curbside recycling may be a reality in Chillicothe soon.
Councilman David Clay held a committee meeting before the session that he felt was very positive. He said there has been much interest in curbside recycling, and even more response after it was brought up recently.
Clay says he hopes to get a council vote on it soon. He says he's confident it could be started this year, but the big question is the cost of pickup, so he wants council to allow bids to go out soon.
They hope to get grants from the Ohio EPA and the local solid waste district.
The presentation on the proposed recycling program will be viewable on the city's website.
The Chillicothe Tree Commission also gave their annual report, and explained they are the only commission in Ohio to win a "Gold Leaf Award" for their efforts.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils