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February 7, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
THE FATE of the St. Clairsville income tax proposal will now play out in the span of two weeks. City council plans to take definitive action at its Feb. 21 meeting. Mayor Robert Vincenzo established a fact-finding committee above reproach. The panel consists of high-integrity and professional individuals. Moreover, not all committee members reside in St. Clairsville; thus, they will not be impacted by the possibility of the tax's imposition. The tax committee has taken on an ambitious challenge. The panel members must secure and review voluminous amounts of financial data. It cannot be the most invigorating of work. But with that said, the committee's final report is one that may have historical impact on St. Clairsville. Should the panel feel that a tax is indeed needed to maintain proper city workings, then St. C. will no longer own the distinction of the lone city in Ohio NOT to have an income tax. Should the committee go the other way and say the tax is not necessary at this time, then the city administration will be challenged to make the most of the current revenue yield or make cuts to balance the budget. In anticipation of the committee's findings, it's safe to say, the Feb. 21 St. Clairsville City Council meeting will be one for the archives.
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