Circleville Council Changes Taxation, Talks Tower

Tuesday evening, Circleville Council made adjustments to obey a new state law. 

Last summer's controversial House Bill 49 changed the way municipalities can collect income tax in Ohio. 

In response, finance chair Barry Keller saw his ordinance pass to amend the city's code on various aspects of collecting taxes. 

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Circleville Council also discussed a tower proposition...a lot longer than expected. 

The city owns an existing 132-foot-tall antenna tower behind the Circleville Police Department, that handles city communications - except during the Pumpkin Show, when it is overwhelmed, and a temporary antenna barely covers the additional signal traffic.  

A Verizon representative said they have been seeking a site for a small antenna to help with their cell tower coverage, and they are offering to pay rent to install a new tower on the upgrade the city's communications. 

Mayor Don MacIlroy said it would be a "win-win" by gaining more broadband, earning revenue, and enhancing communications with the safety forces. 

The new tower will be almost the same height...but a little wider, and the state says that will be a negative impact on the historic downtown.  Council discussed that, and other aspects for 75 minutes...never quite getting to the original zoning question. 

They will meet again in a week to do so.  In the meantime, MacIlroy says negotiations will start. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture


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