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COUNCIL MEETING 12 31 18 (Hotel Ordinance, Howard Resignation, New CPD Personnel)

The Chillicothe City Council ended 2018 by accepting the resignation of one of their colleagues and passing tougher penalties for hoteliers who do not pay the cities hotel/motel guest tax. The Chillicothe City Council passed an ordinance with a 4-0 vote that will allow the city to enforce penalties to hoteliers who do not pay the 4 percent hotel/motel tax. During the Dec. 31 meeting, City Attorney Robert Cowherd said the current ordinance required collecting a 4 percent tax on the bill for guests that stay at any of the five hotels and motels in the city. Cowherd noted this is a tax the visitor of the establishment is already paying, the establishment simply collects it, then is supposed to turn the taxes over to the city quarterly. The tax currently brings in about $130,000 annually, which is used to help pay the Greater Chillicothe Visitor's Region for promoting the city. Under the new ordinance, if a motel or hotel does not turn over the collected tax to the city on the already required quarterly basis, the business will be fined 10 percent the first month and an additional 2 percent each additional month until the taxes are paid.

City Administrator Darrin Chappell announced during the meeting that Mayor Reed Dupy has accepted fourth Ward Councilman Paul Howard's resignation from the council. Chappell noted Howard has been battling a lengthy illness and has served the city with honor and distinction. Howard served the city as in his current position from 2009-2011 and then again from 2013 until his resignation last week. Dupy is planning on the appointment process so residents do not lose their representation. The appointed person will only be required to finish out Howard's term which ends in April. Anyone interested in filling the position until then should call 660-646-1877.

Police Chief Jon Maples also introduced new Chillicothe Police Officer Jeff Allen who started two weeks ago. Allen, a member of the National Guard for the last nine years most recently worked for the Carrollton Police Department. The Chillicothe native said he is glad to be back living and working in his hometown. Maples also introduced Whitney Murdock as the department's newest detective. Murdock who has been in her new position for just a short time, has already helped solve several major cases, Maples said. Murdock has been with the department for nearly 18 months.


The Chillicothe City Council will meet Monday, but the meeting will be held at NOON. The meeting will begin with the approval of invoices and salaries. The Chillicothe Police Chief will introduce new Police Officer Jeff Allen. The City Attorney will present information and an ordinance for the assessment and collection of the Hotel Motel Guest Tax. An executive session is planned to follow the regular meeting to handle personnel issues. Monday's Chillicothe City Council meeting is at NOON at City Hall and it is open to the public.

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