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Weekly News 11.5.12

Posted By John Dorka, Monday, November 5, 2012
Ohio Forestry Association

Weekly News 11.5.12

In this issue:

  • Ohio Legislative Proposal on Municipal Tax Uniformity Bill- Last week, HB 601, Municipal Income Taxes, was introduced by Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Gove City) and Rep. Michael Henne (R-Clayton). The bill is intended to revise state laws governing municipal income taxes and would institute uniform rules for withholding and taxation among all Ohio cities. It does not impose a centralized collection system, which had been discussed earlier this year, nor would it dictate tax rates among communities. There are both supporters of the first bill draft, including the Municipal Income Tax Uniformity Coalition and those opposed which include mostly a group of local communities. According to the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio has one of the most complicated municipal tax systems in the country, and is apparently the only state in the country which allows communities to establish their own definitions for withholding, their own rules for what is taxable for individuals and businesses, their own rules for calculating penalties and interest, and their own forms. The Ohio Municipal League argues that the law will cause serious revenue losses for cities and villages which could come from a change in, among other things, the definition of residency andthe rules on net operating loss carry forwards, which allow companies to carry over a financial loss into a better year. Also, the proposed law will eliminate the "throwback provision" which currently allowss some municipalities to allow taxes on internet sales.
  • OFA Foundation Board Meeting- The OFA Foundation (OFAF) Board met this past week to discuss a number of issues. The Board welcomed new member Pete Woyar who agreed to take the position recently vacated by Eric Miller due to his move to South Carolina. No doubt many OFA members remember Pete and all the work he did for OFA over the years, especially his great assistance getting the Master Logging Company Program moving along. The OFAF Board reviewed the status of the Foundation assets with Bob Baker, Investment Advisor with Advanced Asset Management Advisors (AAMA). The Board also discussed a number of other issues relating to the Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, the OFA Scholarship Program, administrative costs, and fund raising ideas.
  • OSU South Centers Exporting Seminar- OSU South Centers in Piketon is hosting an Exporting Seminar on November 15, 2012, 9:00 – 11:30 am at the South Centers facility in Piketon. The seminar is titled, Financing Your Exports and Getting Paid. Topics to be covered include export financing options, mitigating risk, getting paid, and IMAGE grant opportunities. There is no cost, but registration is requested. You can find more information on the seminar and how to register on this document.
  • Division of Forestry News:
    1. Invitation to Bid on Timber Marking Services. The Division of Forestry is once again asking for bids on timber marking services on state forest lands. This invitation to Bid is for timber marking on Scioto Trail State Forest in Ross County. It is for marking approximately 800 MBF on 169 acres. The eventual contract must be completed by 6/30/2013. Bid opening is November 14, 2012 at noon in Chillicothe.
    2. Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Workshop, November 15, 2012, Athens. The DOF is hosting a Hemlock Wooly Adelgid workshop at its Athens office on November 15 from 10 am to 3:30 pm. The workshop is free, but DOF is requesting you register by November 9. You can do so by filling out the registration materials in this document.
  • AF&PA Meeting with the Department of Education on Textbooks in the Modern Classroom- Recently, AF&PA reported that it had met with representative of the US Department of Education following comments from Secretary Arne Duncan that in future classrooms, "textbooks should be obsolete.” AF&PA made a case that the future classroom should use multiple educational tools and methods. Digital and paper technologies should complement one another, not be exclusive of either one. USDE advised that its intent is to incorporate all technologies and intends to use "print-based educational materials.” However, USDE did advise that it perceives textbooks to be one-dimensional and of limited value. AF&PA urges forest products industry interests to continue letting USDE know that printed materials along with other technologies are key to future learning methodologies.
  • WSJ Housing Article on Rising Cost of Building- The Wall Street Journal carried an article last week about the rising costs of building new homes, and specifically cited the rising cost of framing lumber, up 21% in the last year, as one of a number of materials driving up the cost of new homes as new construction picks up momentum. The rising cost of materials, labor, and land are all being mentioned as leading to the escalating costs of home. The article talks about some of the reasons for the price increases, including reduced production capacity and material shortages. In addition, many industries remain very tentative about the economy and it sustainability for growth.
  • Elections Almost Over! Cast your vote on Tuesday, November 6 to make sure your voice is heard and interests are represented.
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Logging Standards Council Meeting, Wednesday, November 7, 2012, OFA Office, 5 PM
    • Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Thursday, November 8, 2012, 9:30 AM,OFA Office

Ohio Forestry Association is managed by Offinger Management Company, a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), "Charter-Accredited" Association Management Company member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a member of the Association Management Company Institute (AMC Institute).

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