Amusement tax pays almost $33,000 to Chillicothe’s coffers

With only five aldermen seated around the Chillicothe City Council table Monday night, aldermen made quick work of a short agenda.

Amusement tax pays almost $33,000 to Chillicothe’s coffers

With only five aldermen seated around the Chillicothe City Council table Monday night, aldermen made quick work of a short agenda.

With most government entities looking at declining revenues, primarily from state reimbursement, the council received the amusement tax return form from Jay
Goldberg, with the city receiving $32,632.94 from Summer Camp ticket sales, thanks to the city’s new amusement tax.

The tax represents 2 percent of admissions fees for events in the city which are $50 or more and exempts events by schools, government bodies and not-for-profit organizations. The only event yet which has tickets of more than $50 is Summer Camp.

In March, officials estimated conservatively at $23,000 expected from the tax in their budget session.

In other items, the council:

• heard resident Judy Gajdik ask if the Chillicothe Park District’s plans for a splash pad at Santa Fe Park, formerly owned by the city, were going to happen.
Alderwoman Judy Cantwell said she understood they were, but work would not begin until spring.

• also heard Gajdik say she visited the park district’s new skate park near Sixth and Moffitt streets. She said the skaters were well-behaved and picked up garbage. One minor problem involved a skater parking on the wrong side of the street. “I think this might be a good thing for them,” said Gajdik. Mayor Troy Childers said he has visited the park twice and said he agreed with her. He said he talked to a neighbor who said he was very pleased with the activity at the park. The one problem, he noted, was that the skaters are staying past closing time, but park district officials were notified about the problem. “Knock on wood, it’s working real well right now,” said Childers.

• approved paying Geiger True Value hardware store $10,000 of Tax Increment Financing funds for improvements on the right of way on the northeast side of the 700 block of Third Street

• approved paying Pearce Community Center $700 of Marketing and Tourism funds to promote PCC’s Run for the Health of It

• approved a request for live entertainment in the American Legion’s outdoor pavilion July 21 and extend the playing of amplified music from 11 p.m. until midnight. The band Shotgun Charlie will play at 8 p.m.  Aldermen noted that events like this are fundraisers for the legion and said they police their crowd and have not had problems.

• approved a notice for special event held on public property for the Hair Company Kids and Three Sisters Park to have a three-on-three basketball tournament from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 in the city parking lots behind downtown businesses between Second and Third streets

• approved a request from Pearce Community Center to allow diagonal parking on the south side of Cedar Street, west of the PCC building. Aldermen said diagonal parking instead of parallel parking should allow people to safely navigate that area

• saw on city engineer Ken Coulter’s regular report that a visual inspection of building at 940-944 N. Second St., formerly Jane’s Ceramics, was done. After Jane Prince died a few years ago, officials are unclear as to who owns the building, which is in disrepair. A written report is being prepared for aldermen to discuss at a committee meeting.

• heard Greg Truninger applied for an Energy Efficiency Community Block grant from the Department of Commerce Economic Opportunity to pay about $12,000 on a boiler for the Chillicothe Fire Department Fire Station No. 1.

• and heard aldermen Alex Block say the subdivision/annexation committee may meet soon to look at plans for beginning the third phase of RiverSound subdivision.