Y: Councilmember Johnson
ORDINANCE NO. 2015-15
AN ORDINANCE TO CREATE CHAPTER 181 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE REGARDING MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX
WHEREAS, the Home Rule Amendment of the Ohio Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 3, provides that “Municipalities shall have authority to exercise all powers of local self-government,” and the municipal taxing power is one of such powers of local self-government delegated by the people of the State to the people of municipalities; and
WHEREAS, Article XIII, Section 6 of the Ohio Constitution provides that the General Assembly may restrict a municipalities power of taxation to the extent necessary to prevent abuse of such power, and Article XVIII, Section 13 of the Ohio Constitution states that “laws may be passed to limit the powers of municipalities to levy taxes and incur debts for local purposes;” and
WHEREAS, the General Assembly has determined that it is necessary and appropriate to comprehensively review and amend Chapter 718 of the Ohio Revised Code, setting forth statutory requirements for municipal income tax codes in Ohio; and
WHEREAS, more specifically, the General Assembly enacted HB 5 in December 2014, and mandated that municipal income tax codes be amended by January 1, 2016 such that any income or withholding tax is “levied in accordance with the provisions and limitations specified in Chapter 718;” and
WHEREAS, upon a detailed review of HB 5 and the Codified Ordinances of the Village of Granville, this Ordinance is found and determined by this Council to enact the amendments required prior to the January 1, 2016 deadline to be in accord with the provisions and limitations specified in Chapter 718 of the Revised Code; and
WHEREAS, Council also finds and determines that the constitutionality of certain provisions of the state-mandated code may have been put in question by recent decisions of the Ohio Supreme Court regarding, among other things, taxation of professional athletes, but these provisions must be included if the municipal income tax code is to be “levied in accordance with the provisions and limitations specified in Chapter 718” and thus reluctantly are adopted by this Council but are disclaimed to the extent they are unlawful or unconstitutional.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE, STATE OF OHIO, THAT:
Section 1. That new Chapter 181 of the Codified Ordinances of Granville, entitled “MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX,” reading as set forth in “EXHIBIT A” hereto designated as Chapter 181 and incorporated herein by reference, is hereby enacted.
Section 2. That existing Chapter 171 of the Codified Ordinances of Granville is not being repealed by this ordinance due to its continued applicability to any taxable year prior to 2016.
Section 3. This ordinance shall become effective and in force on January 1, 2016.
Passed this 2nd day of December, 2015.