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Regional income tax agency service approved

By WILLIAM CASTEEL Correspondent Published: May 17, 2017 12:00 AM
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WEST LAFAYETTE -- Following a third reading, West Lafayette village council approved a resolution and ordinance concerning the village adopting the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) to manage the village income taxes, effective Oct. 1, 2017.

The utilization of RITA is designed to provide more stability and support to enforce delinquent income tax collection. Most village/city entities are now utilizing RITA for this specific reason as there is a greater need to enforce delinquent tax payments. Village/city income tax departments typically send out notices when there are residents who have delinquent taxes, but the village/city entity has little support to enforce collection. RITA has a process that is strictly followed to enforce the collection, and encourage consistent payment.

During the May 8 regular council session, Fiscal Officer Sarah Warne reported she has been meeting with RITA staff member each week since the passage of the resolution and ordinance to ensure a seamless transition of the income tax service.

Other business discussed by West Lafayette council included:

Council approved an ordinance adopting regulations to receive public funding for organized recreational activities.

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Council approved re-allocation of appropriation of $2500 from Wages-Tax administration to Contractual services to pay CMI for required data extraction fee to obtain data from the Tax Client Server Application and send the information to Regional Income Tax Agency service.

Council approved Fiscal Officer to hold minimal amounts of money in the safe until larger deposit is scheduled to be made, the amounts approved to be held will not exceed $1000.

Fire Chief Glen Hill provided the fire report for the month of April. Hill reports a total of 15 calls for the month. In a year to date report, calls were down by four calls to this time last year.

Police Chief Stephen Klopfenstein provided the police report for the month of April. Klopfenstein reported 209 calls, seven criminal arrests, five domestic issues, 94 follow-ups, 25 traffic arrests and 11 traffic warnings. Chief Klopfenstein later reported he is working on grants for obtaining body cameras, adding dispatching staff and further community relations ideas.

In other business, it was reported the village was required to contact authorities over the weekend for an ordinance violation. Concerned residents in the neighborhood of Fourth and Gay Streets reported a resident was slaughtering turkeys in their backyard. The slaughtering of farm animals, and farm animals in general being within the village is a code violation. The activity was ordered by authorities to be ceased immediately, and the animals removed from the premises to a location not in the village.

The next council session is May 22.


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