CAMDEN — During their Thursday, July 3, meeting Camden Village Council voted to get rid of an income tax credit for those who work outside of the village.
The ordinance will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Council adopted an ordinance to amend the credit for the village to zero with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), effective the first of next year. Taxpayers who have over-paid would get a refund when tax returns are filed in April 2015. This would “not impact businesses or withholding too much, unless the business was withholding a courtesy tax,” said the representative from RITA.
Letters sent to Camden residents from RITA detailed the previously adopted tax ordinance, however, many residents of the village were neglected and never received the notice, officials said. Council meetings have been populated by members of the community expressing confusion and frustration over the tax. The representative from RITA said addresses obtained by the agency to send letters to are often collected from utility listings, safety records, and other means. The representative said the list “would have been provided by the village” to RITA.
Council expressed the nature of the community’s complaints regarding the letters that failed to reach their mailboxes. The representative said persons with concerns should not have issues contacting the RITA office, as their “state of the art” phone systems are designed to streamline common questions to the correct department, according to the representative.
Those who fail to pay their taxes to RITA on time, or at all, will have their cases reviewed individually by RITA. “Typically, we would allow first-time consideration depending on the situation for the penalty. The interest is not typically abated because those are funds that the village could have had doing other services with and/or investing themselves,” said the representative.
In other business:
Council approved an expenditure of $12,000 to replace meter heads and lines throughout the village. The replacement project will create more accurate readings on houses in the community. The labor would be completed by the village’s maintenance staff. Councilman Kelly Doran said the village would benefit more from an expenditure of $72,000 to fully replace all meters. “This is a situation where you’re afraid of your money, you guys,” said Doran.
Jennifer Arcuragi of Camden started a Camden Community Involvement group to generate involvement between youth and adults in the community. Arcuragi asked council if she were allowed to begin showing movies in the park. “We wouldn’t charge anyone anything to get in … so far we’ve got like 40-something on the [Facebook] page and they all come and play baseball down here on Sundays,” said Arcuragi.
Councinl approved her request.
The Village of Camden meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.