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Council Quick Takes: Failure to File City Income Tax Return Could Carry Stricter Punishment

North Canton City Council discussed at least doubling the fine at Tuesday night's council meeting

North Canton City Council , and a stricter punishment for those who fail to file a city income tax return each year when they met in Tuesday night.

Council members discussed doubling the penalty for residents who fail to file their taxes by the mid-April deadline. That means the penalty could be raised from $25 to $50.

Council President John Snyder said the proposed change is spurred by those who habitually file their taxes late. As it stands, the fee is $25 and doesn't increase if the person files late again in the future.

"Maybe we'll get their attention at $50 and $100 thereafter," Snyder said.

Council-at-large Dan Griffith suggested the resident could owe a percentage of his obligation.

Council plans to place the ordinance on next week's agenda.

In other business:

  • City Administrator Mike Grimes said he plans to update park regulations to forbid private parking. "This will give us a mechanism for those folks who park there overnight or just continually park in some of the small parks throughout the city, if we don't want them there or need the space we can have them move or we'll move it for them."

He also said he'll make two things more clear: that parks open at 5 a.m. and that use and possession of illegal drugs are banned.

Chuck Osborne September 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
The list of “Other Business” fails to mention that City Council plans to authorize legislation next week allowing the Held Administration to advertise for bids to clean up street sweepings dumped by the City of North Canton in violation of Ohio State law. This is a very sore subject for North Canton’s Mayor David Held as North Canton has been the subject of investigations by the Stark County Health Department, the Ohio EPA, and the Army Corp of Engineers since the fall of 2009. North Canton is now under a “Health Order” from the Stark County Health Department to clean up street sweepings that are estimated to cost as much as $100,000. In 2002, North Canton was mandated to clean up its own Dressler well field as a result of dumping practices that dated back to the 1980s. That cleanup cost taxpayers approximately $500,000 and was overseen by then City Administrator and now Mayor, David Held. Mayor Held apparently has learned nothing from previous cleanup experience nor has he learned anything in his role as Director of the Joint Solid Waste District for Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties (since 2004). The failed judgment to continue past dumping practices is now going to come at a great cost to North Canton taxpayers. And this comes at a time when city budgets are very distressed.

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