Council eliminates 1 of 2 bed taxes


One of the city’s two bed taxes has now been eliminated.

Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening, with the exception of council member Susan Bean who was excused from the meeting, to eliminate the city’s three percent bed tax.

“All of the money collected from this bed tax goes into the city’s general fund,” said city law director Thomas Palmer.

The second bed tax, in which half the money collected goes to the general fund and the other half goes into a fund for a convention and visitors bureau, remains in place.

Mayor Thomas O’Leary said the elimination of one of the two three-percent bed taxes will help with the creation of a new hotel within the city limits.

Two Galion police officers were promoted to lieutenants during the meeting which include John Bourne, who has been with the department since May of 2006, and Joe Cinader, who has been with the department since November of 2001.

A public hearing was held during the meeting about a proposal to re-zone the northeast and southeast corners of Hesby Drive from residential to commercial.

“It makes sense with all of the business that are already located in that area,” said council member Dr. Thomas Fellner.

This issue will be discussed when the laws and ordinances, zoning and permits development committee meets on Feb. 16.

The council also voted to pass a resolution appointing council members Shirley Clark and Gail Baldinger to the community reinvestment area housing council.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

By Kimberly Gasuras

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