Marietta Council hears good news on tax revenue

The city of Marietta’s income tax collections totaled more than $9.2 million in 2013, an increase of $704,407 from the previous year’s collection, according to a report during a city council audit committee meeting Thursday.

“That’s a significant increase. We had record income tax collections in 10 out of the 12 months in 2013,” said Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, who chairs council’s audit and finance committees.

He also noted the city received $448,000 in inheritance tax monies from the state in 2013, although the Ohio General Assembly repealed that tax as of 2013.

“We didn’t budget for any inheritance tax last year because we weren’t sure there would be any coming in,” Vukovic said.

Even though the tax ended at the beginning of 2013, there were still some inheritance tax monies paid into the fund from the previous year.

Vukovic said the city took in $556,000 from the inheritance tax in 2012.

New computers

Also on Thursday Scott Steinel and Amy Tucker with the city information systems department requested a total of $59,700 for new computers, a network core switch and a fiber cable extension from council’s finance committee.

“Right now we have 18 computers that are still operating on the Windows XP system, but that system will come to the end of its life on April 8,” Steinel explained. “The system will no longer be supported and cannot be updated, which will become a security issue, so now is the time to update these computers.”

He said replacing the computers, all updated with Windows 7 software, will cost approximately $13,200.

Tucker said the current 52-port network core switch, through which all city computers are routed, is 12 years old and needs to be replaced with a larger 198-port unit that will be installed at 301 Putnam St. in conjunction with city hall renovations.

She said the core would cost about $25,000.

In addition, Tucker requested $21,500 to run a fiber cable extension into the IT room at the city hall building.

Vukovic said funding for the computers and other requested equipment would be taken out of the city’s capital improvement account.

The funding requests are expected to be approved during next week’s city council meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in the community building at Lookout Park.