RACINE — During the conclusion of a recessed meeting on Tuesday evening, Racine Village Council approved an ordinance providing for a $5 permissive tax on motor vehicles registered within the corporation limits of the village.
The tax is to be collected by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles and will supplement street department funds in the village.
In stating the need for the funds, the village has explained that over the past few years the revenue for the street fund has been relatively at the same level, while the expenses for street operations have increased. Council members felt the license tax was a better alternative than asking for additional property tax.
During the discussion whether to levy the permissive tax, including a review of the various state statutes regarding motor vehicles, it was learned that effective Jan. 1, 2017, golf carts, low-speed, under-speed, utility trucks or mini-trucks, must be titled and registered if the vehicles are to be be permitted to operate on public roads at speeds not greater than 35 MPH. Liability insurance is also required and the vehicles must have various safety equipment.
In other business, Mayor Scott Hill reported to council that he will be meeting later this week with an out-of-county investor representative regarding the possibility of establishing a business in the village which could employ 40 to 50 people. The business would be subject to State of Ohio approval. More information is expected to be provided following the meeting with the representative.
Hill also reported that the water system project is winding down and sidewalk replacement is taking place.
The mayor will also be attending a public meeting with the county engineer on the 25th, requesting assistance on the $400,000 project on Elm Street.
Fiscal Officer Janet Krider advised that the State Auditor’s Office is finishing up the village audit. The auditors suggested that she get approval from council to pro rate the audit payment from the various village funds, rather than just paying for it from the general fund. Council approved the request to divide the payment.
The next village council meeting is scheduled fro 6:30 p.m. on June 5.
Information provided by Council member Robert Beegle.