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March 2, 2013

Somerset City Council hears first reading of tax ordinance


Somerset —

Girdler said he’s hopeful the county will collect the taxes for the city, since that entity already has the system up and operating. 
“There’s no use in duplicating that at this time,” Girdler said. 
The ordinance comes after a tentative agreement was reached between county and city officials regarding the division of the occupational tax fund after the city raised some concerns about what Girdler had said was a funding shortfall for Somerset-Pulaski County EMS. 
The city, as per a 1995 agreement, had been funding EMS. 
City officials had looked at claiming its chunk of the occupational tax revenue to help cover that shortfall, which would have been anywhere between 55 percent and 75 percent of the county’s current occupational tax revenue. That would have left the county reeling.
But before the city moved in to take its chunk of the occupational tax revenue, both sides agreed to negotiate a new agreement involving EMS funding and restructuring of the occupational tax. 
Girdler suggested Monday that the tax could go into effect on July 1, 2013, which would coincide with a new fiscal year.
“There will be plenty of time for everybody to get their forms and get it to their payroll clerk,” Wiese said, about the July 1 start date.
Wiese said the revenue from the tax will go into the city’s general fund. 
The council did not comment on the reading Monday. Comments are held until the second reading of an ordinance. 
Ordinance 13-02, which is still subject to change, is available to the public at Somerset City Hall.

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