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Council eyes income taxes

STEUBENVILLE — The city’s income taxes are up for renewal in 2021, council was reminded Tuesday.

Fifth Ward Councilman Willie Paul, chair of council’s finance committee, sunshined ordinances Tuesday that would put the 0.7 of one percent income tax and the 0.3 of one percent taxes on the May election ballot.

“All of this is a continuation of the 0.7 and 0.3 (referendum) we have every five years,” Paul said.

“We have to do it every five years, we’ve got to get it on board.”

Paul said the ordinance will get three readings, all of them in December.

“That will give (the law director) three weeks to get everything filed,” he said.

Council also was told only 10 spots remain for the Parks and Recreation Department’s Breakfast with Santa.

Monday is the final day to make a registration.

Crossridge Landfill’s Joe Scugoza also was on hand to take questions about the proposed sale of the property to a New Jersey company, telling council there were a lot of pros and cons, “but the cons of not having this facility operational, they’re not great.”

He said the deal, if it goes through, could work to the benefit of city residents, saying it could “save (the city) a considerable amount of money from the disposal costs.

Council also was told Jefferson County commissioners will provide $11,000 in funding for the new mental health court, but they require a signed contract before any money changes hands.

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