States of the county, city, schools presented

Three local community leaders discussed this past year’s successes and provided a look into plans for this year during the annual State of the City, County and Schools Luncheon Thursday afternoon at Marley’s Downtown.

The event’s featured speakers were Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz, Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman and Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner.

Metz, who is in his fifth year as mayor, spoke on a variety of topics during his 15-minute speech.

One of the topics he hit on was income tax revenue, which he said was the city’s most important accomplishment of 2013.

The income tax collected last year was $2,314,169.63 — up $102,467.77 from 2012. Revenue from income tax is used to finance the general fund of the city. Metz said the city income tax rate of 1 percent is one of the lowest of all municipalities in the state.

“Income tax is looking good,” Metz said. “It all adds up to a very comfortable and productive city.”

Metz also discussed several projects that have been completed within the past year and those that are currently being worked on.

For the full story, see the Friday, May 9 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.