MONROEVILLE As early as January, village residents will be charged a monthly fee toward a new storm sewer utilities fund.
Currently, money from the general fund, generated through the village's income tax, goes toward storm sewer related projects.
Village council Tuesday unanimously authorized village administrator Josh Eggleston to set up the utilities fund. The move came a week after voters defeated a one-half percent income tax increase proposal on the ballot. The measure failed 59 percent to 41 percent marking the second time in as many years voters turned down the proposal. Last year it failed 68 percent to 32 percent.
Had the measure passed, it would have raised about $240,000 annually for various village services.
The current 1-percent income tax was enacted in 1986, and has never increased.
Village officials do not yet know how much residents will pay per month.
Village Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie Beck said with the tax increase's failure, the council's finance committee is considering other ways to generate income.
"We need to get creative on how we're going to raise revenue," Eggleston told council.
Many funding agencies will not fund storm sewer-related projects unless municipalities have adopted a storm water utility fund, Eggleston said.
He said he hopes it will become a self-sufficient fund sometime in the near future.
In other business:
Eggleston suggested the village accept only cash or a money order from residents whose utilities are shut off. He said the village has had a number of problems with bad checks. Council took no action on the suggestion.
Eggleston introduced to council Lee Merrill, the village's new electric superintendent.
Council voted unanimously to make a $110,000 principal payment on an Amp-Ohio loan.
Council learned the Dam Festival committee wishes to hang a banner on U.S. 20 and Broad Street.