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City tax filings to be more easy and efficient

City Council approved an administration request Thursday that makes it easier on companies filing local services tax to do it by enabling an online format with the city treasurer and tax collector.

Council approved the concept of Nicholas Grimes, city treasurer and tax collector, to hire York Adams Tax Bureau for $7,500 a year to provide the service enabling online filing and matching with city computer software.

The service will be easier and more efficient for companies, especially larger ones, that prefer to file information online, Grimes said.

In a similar but separate decision, council approved hiring McCarthy and Co., certified public accountants, to assist the city treasurer office in handling business privilege and mercantile tax collection.

The agreement is to pay the auditors $190 per hour for the service.

Councilwoman Liz Miele, chair of city finance committee, noted that these changes are expected to cost less than the prior method the city was using.

Council also gave final approval to the ordinance creating an accessiblity advisory commission. The commission schedule will be forthcoming and will have a combination of voting and non-voting members who will look at handicapped and disability-related issues throughout city programs and facilities. These decisions may also help to influence more accessibility and inclusion in the private sector, said Jon Mackey, councilman who spearheaded the drive to get the commission formed.

Council also:

¯ Approved a resolution for a winter traffic services agreement with the state Department of Transportation. The city will be reimbursed $10,126 for plowing snow from state-maintained streets.

• Awarded a contract to purchase two compressed natural gas buses for use by River Valley Transit. That is no cost to city taxpayers, said Adam Yoder, transit general manager.

• Authorized a lot consolidation at 422, 428 and 438 Park Ave. The property is going to become medical office and parking space.

• Approved certificates of appropriateness for a property at 320 E.Third St. for two wall-mounted signs; 468 William St. to paint the exterior and 210 Basin St. where River Valley Plaza sign. It assessed a double fee to the owner because of a mistake in the permitting process.

Gary Knarr, city zoning administrator, said a letter goes out each year to businesses in the Central Business District to explain the process of certificates of appropriateness and procedure at the codes office.

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