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Income tax passed on first reading

West Liberty Village Council at its most recent regular meeting passed a municipal income tax and voted to forego pay raises for part-time employees on first reading, and set its annual appropriations at $1,769,850.

The 1 percent income tax will get two more readings before council. The village has not tried to introduce a new tax in 50 years or more, council reports.

Council voted unanimously not to raise the salaries for part-time employees, including street department employees, auxiliary police, Fire Chief John Esch or Clerk Cindee Boyd.

Police Chief Shane Oelker discussed with council the possibility of having to bill the village for police services for parades and detail work. Ten officers combined to work 205 hours between the Christmas parade and luminary run, Chief Oelker said. The police chief is required to limit auxiliary hours to 160 hours per pay period. Several departments charge $20 per hour, or a flat rate per parade, Chief Oelker said.

Street department crews were commended for their handling of the most recent snowstorm.

The village intends to find out from the Logan County Auditor’s office how much money is available for paving or sidewalks this year.

The next regular council meeting is April 8.

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