Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-24
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Check out the All Stars — Page 6 4-H contest winners announced — Page 10 F !p ;c i < I *** £ •C I f] Amherst News-Times Wl DM SI)AY 24. 21 AMHI US I , OHIO Community in song, celebration The Community Chorus sings at the annual Jamboree festival held in downtown Amherst. Budget deficit forces look at street taxes by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter Still searching for a way to stop the general fund from bleeding, members of council and the city administration are considering changing the way taxes are forgiven in the city. At last week's council meeting, councilman Terry Traster asked law director Kenneth Stumphauzer to provide a legal opinion concerning the forgiveness of income tax. Currently, Amherst residents pay one and one half percent income tax to the city. One percent goes into the general fund and the half percent goes into the street improvement fund. But residents who work outside the city are given a one percent credit on their income tax in Amherst For example, if a resident pays two percent income tax to Cleveland, when he pays his taxes in Amherst, he is credited one percent of his Amherst tax and his half percent tax is deposited into the street improvement fund. Some officials complain that the street improvement fund, which has a $3 million surplus, according to auditor Diane Eswine; continues to swell while the general fund continues to be depleted. The plan that is in the works would maintain the one percent for giveness, but deposit the remaining half percent into the general fund. The law director has been asked to decide if the change can be made by council because the street improvement tax was voted into effect,.. "I think it's a Band-Aid for trie problem," city treasurer, Kathleen Litkovitz said. She said the departments should have been asked to make deeper cuts in this year's budget before considering changes to the tax struc ture. She said that council had a "golden opportunity'' to make deep cuts. She said no new equipment should have been purchased in any yBjL,*he departments. "Including mine," she said. She also suggested a moratorium on unnecessary classes and conferences. She also said that, aside from raises already mandated in contracts, no new raises should be granted while money is tight. She said she made these suggestions to council in November before they began working on the bugdet As for the tax forgiveness, Litkovitz says she thinks it will be a help. "I will support it when I'm shown they will make it right," she said. She said all the departments need to be tightening their belts. Eswine said she thinks it is legal CONTINUED on page 10 trying to aid injured man For some people, knowing that someone else is in trouble is reason enough to roll up their sleeves, dig in and help. People who think that way are coming out of the woodwork since Derek Carter was injured when he accidentally touched his head to a high power line while doing mortar work on a downtown Amherst building. Michele and Jerry Wingard of Wingard Racing in Amherst, hosted a car show in Brookpark over the weekend. Michele said she had hoped to have it in Amherst, but she wasn't able to get a space to hold it. All of the proceeds from the car show will go to the Derek Carter benevolent fund. This isn't the only fundraiser the Wingards have led for the fund. Last month they announced that they would give a discount to any customers that made a donation to the fund. Another one of the people who wanted to help is Devon Littleton. She is the youlh group worship leader at New Life Assembly of God Church in Wellington. Her mother, Michele Littleton, said that Carter would help Devon by performing during the church's Wednesday night youth group. Carter is a member of House of Praise Church and their praise band in Lorain; he played the drums. When the Littletons learned that Carter was injured, Devon wanted to do something to help. She decided to take a collection to buy air conditioning for the family's home to help make Carter comfortable when he is able to go home from the hospital. Devon, who is homeschooled and will be a senior in the fall, went around her neighborhood and collected money from her neighbors, sent emails to ail of the people in her mother's address book and approached people at her church. She also put up flyers around Wellington. She was able to purchase three window air conditioning units with the money she collected. "He's an amazing kid," Littleton said of Carter. Seems the same can be said about Devon Littleton. Funds will continue to be collected at all FirstMerit branches. T Woman hired to lead Nordson in lean times Nordson Corp. auirounred last week that Ruth C. Smith joined the company as vice president, operations, for its adhesive systems business segment. Smith will raport to Donald J. McLane, senior vice president. Smith successfully applied "lean" and similar principles to manufacturing operations for more than 20 years. She will apply that experience to Nordson's operations as part ot a corporate-wide "lean" initiative. The lean concept is to build products as orders are placed, eliniinat- ing unneceasary activities, *pf»r<tt,»f processes and improving efficiency. "We look forward to Iter leadership in helping to apply best prac tices throughout the company," said Edward P. Campbell, Nordson president Smith was director, production systems and quality assurance, for the Stanley Works Company in New Britain, Conn. Smith was responsible for intpletnentation of lean manufacturing for the $2.7 billion manufacturer at its 45 plants worldwide. Prior to joining Stanley Works, Smith held general manager positions at three division of Newcor, Inc., a $250 million manufacturer of machined and plastic ttwrjonents tot the automotive, heavy truck and agricultural markets. Smith successfully utilized lean tnanufacturing tools to agnifacantly reduce costs, improve quality and grow revenues. America's favorite pastime In Amherst, it is apparent that baseball for participants of all ages is Important, at the ballfieids are filled nearly •very evening. Look to Page 6 for coverage of the Little League All Star game from Sunday. J
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-07-24|
|Date of Original||24-JUL-2002|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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