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First Parking Town Hall

The first of three parking presentations took place on Wednesday January 11th in Township Hall.  Full video of the event is presented below.  The presentation begins at about 5 minutes in, and questions begin at 45 minutes in.

Fire Extinguisher Recharging

14612644_1267050093337667_7915466637628427522_oWith Fire Prevention Week upon us the Chagrin Falls Fire Department will be hosting a free residential fire extinguisher refill this Saturday, October 15th from 9:00-Noon at the Fire Station. 21 W. Washington Street. Ron Campanella of Pro-Fire Equipment will be on hand to make sure your residential fire extinguishers are serviced and ready.

Village Shredding Day

Shredder-slideThe Villages of Bentleyville and Chagrin Falls are again sponsoring a Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. The event will be held in the parking lot of the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, 77 E. Washington Street, off of Philomethian Street, from 9:00 A.M. until 12 Noon.

The service is free for the residents of the two Villages. We ask that you limit your shred material to five boxes or bags. Materials that can be shredded include: paper,

light cardboard, Staples, paper clips and 3.5 inch computer storage discs.

Questions can be directed to either the Bentleyville Village Hall at 440-247-5055 or the Chagrin Falls Village Hall at 440-247-5050.

Salute the First Responders From September 11th – September 18th

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For this year’s First Responders Appreciation Week, the following events are planned in Chagrin Falls:

KICK OFF EVENTS

CHAGRIN FALLS RESIDENTS Gather at the Main Street Bridge at 2 PM on September 11th, as we hang the Thank You banner. Add your message to our local forces then – or any time during the week.

ALL WEEK: Change your porch light to red or blue and “leave the light on” to watch out for them. Decorate a tree in the yard with red or blue ribbon.

FOOTBALL GAME CEREMONY: Friday, September 16th at Harris Field. Thank you ceremony begins at 6:50.

Local businesses will be providing complimentary lunches to the forces all week long. (Thanks to Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce for organizing.)

Village Yard Sale Scheduled For September 17th

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Saturday, September 17th 

10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Chagrin Falls hosts the 2016 Village Yard Sale on September 17th!  Scores of residents are participating in the biggest garage sale of the season.  Come and spend the day shopping for special treasures on the shady lawns of the village’s many historic homes.

Parking available in municipal lots and on residential streets.

 

 

 

Income Tax Increase Unanimously Recommended to Council

Mayor Bill Tomko entered office in January of 2016

Mayor William Tomko, 2016

On Tuesday May 31, the finance committee of council, meeting as a committee of the entire council, (all council members were present and voting) voted unanimously to recommend to council putting the administration-proposed tax increase on the November 2016 ballot.

The residents of the Village will now have the final say in what kind of town they want Chagrin Falls to be.

The proposed income tax increase will be from the current rate of 1.5% to 1.85% (approximately 1/3 of 1 percent). This will result in a maximum tax increase of $35.00 on every $10,000 of wage income before applying the tax credit for taxes paid to other taxing communities. The tax increase will not apply to retirement income or passive income such as interest or dividend income. For residents living in Chagrin Falls and working in another taxing community, (which is the overwhelming majority of our residents), the current tax credit rate of 75% will remain unchanged and unlimited in amount. This proposed increase is projected by R.I.T.A. to generate $750,000 per year.

The use of these funds would be restricted to funding:

1. Permanent improvements

2. Infrastructure maintenance

3. Cemetery perpetual care

During the next five years, approximately 75% of the funds generated by the proposed tax increase will go towards road repair and maintenance. For a detailed listing of where the proposed tax increase will be spent see the Proposed Projects Spreadsheet where we have listed each proposed project by year and the reason why we are proposing to undertake the specific project.

While no one likes any tax increase, I believe the proposed tax increase is the fairest means to raise the funds required to finance vital capital replacements and maintenance projects. We are not asking for funding for nebulous projects as we have specifically identified the individual projects and stated the reason we are proposing to spend funds on it. Most identified projects can be seen by driving down the road and for those that can’t call me (247-8399) and I will show you the project.

There will be several council meetings (June 13 and 27) before this proposal goes to the Board of Elections for placement on the November general election ballot. At each of these council meetings there will be ample opportunity for public input on the proposed tax increase. If you wish to comment or have questions, I encourage you to come to the meetings.

 

Mayor Bill Tomko