Beachwood City Council censured the state’s move to centralize municipal income tax collections at last night’s meeting.
Beachwood’s municipal income taxes are already collected by the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA). A push from the State of Ohio to collect all municipalities' income taxes would take some of the burden off the cities, Gov. Mary Taylor told the Plain Dealer.
But Finance Director David Pfaff said that the state does not have the ability or a plan in place to collect these taxes.
RITA pays Beachwood twice a month.
He fears that the state would delay payment to Beachwood, that it could be more expensive for the city and that it could lead to the state taking over more and more city functions.
Beachwood City Council voted unanimously for the measure. Read the full resolution on the PDF to the right.
Beachwood joins many other Ohio cities, including and in opposing the move.