After Dave Tatman reminded council of his idea of a 0.2% tax to fund street repair six weeks ago, alternatives were discussed. 

Auditor Luke Feeney said earlier in the year, the finance committee explored another option - a $5 fee the city could add to license plate costs. 

But he says the committee figured it was not worth it, especially since it would take 18 months to activate to gain only about $100,000, which could pave about half a block. 

But the city could add $5 fees up to $20, which Feeney said was discussed since $400,000 could allow the city to borrow additional money. 

Tatman was still unsatisfied with the response he received in council. 

Auditor Luke Feeney gave a briefing on the town hall gathering he hosted last Monday, to discuss further changes for the state's funding to cities. 

He said the round table "was a big success," with representatives from several cities attending - one as far away as Cleveland. 

Feeney said Chillicothe's tax structure could allow the town to be hurt more than most in Ohio, where a company could claim a past loss that could result in no tax payments in one year.  Since Chillicothe has a small number of large employers, that could shake up the city's income tax revenue. 

Feeney says the state Senate may listen to the cities' concerns. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture