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Niles Mayor shoots down state recommendation to use tax collection agency

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The city of Niles took another step forward to a stable financial future Wednesday afternoon.
State Auditor David Yost was in Niles to announce city schools are no longer under fiscal watch.
He also stopped at the city's meeting with the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, but despite his presence Niles mayor Tom Scarnecchia announced the city won't follow one of the recommendations by the state auditor's office.

Slowly but surely the city of Niles is checking off items on the state approved fiscal recovery plan but when it comes to hiring the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) for tax collection Scarnecchia won't budge.

"I have come to the conclusion to allow our tax department another chance," said Scarnecchia.

The state auditors office has advised the city to hire RITA since the creation of the financial recovery plan, but has pushed the item after finding 154 thousand dollars in uncashed checks in the Treasurer's office.

But with a new treasurer in office, the mayor says he's giving the department one year  to prove they can diligently collect taxes on their own.

"If they fall short we will go to RITA," said Scarnecchia.

And while the chair of the commission says the change is reasonable with the new treasurer in office, Quentin Potter says the move is still concerning.

"It is something that cannot be ignored it is something that.. and I say that because you cannot escape fiscal emergency," said Potter.

Meantime the commission says the city is getting back on track.
They plan to discuss a five year fiscal forecast at the next meeting.

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