Limited number of tax forms sent to library: official

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Public Library has a limited number of tax forms it receives from the state and federal governments.

“We’re trying to get the word out to the public it’s not the [fault of the] library,” library Director Erica Wing told the Common Council Tuesday.

Wing said libraries are among the last places where hard copies of tax forms can be found.

She said paper forms are becoming a less attractive way to do taxes, which are now mostly handled electronically online by taxpayers. She said the library is annually receiving fewer and fewer forms.

But Wing said the library has some state and federal tax forms, and is able to print out additional forms for 10 cents a page.

Elsewhere in her report, Wing said the town of Johnstown Hannaford is involved in a program with the library. She said customers throughout February can buy a blue Hannaford Helps Reusable bag at the store. The library receive $1 for every bag purchased.

The library’s annual Johnstown Classic: Mini-Golf at the Library fundraiser is set for April 16. Part of the event involves bidding for themed baskets, and Wing said over 30 baskets have already been donated so far.

In other reports to the council:

– Fourth Ward Councilman Vern Jackson said the city Water Department, assisted by the city Department of Public Works, did an emergency repair Jan. 15 in front of Applebee’s on Route 30A.

“It was handled very professionally,” Jackson said.

– Councilman-at-Large Christopher Swatt reported the filing deadline for all city tax exemptions is March 1.

– City Treasurer Michael Gifford added, “We’re now gearing up for our April city tax collection.”

– Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said his department started annual inservice training in January. He also reported 62 calls were handled in January, including six structure fires.

– Police Lt. David Gilbo said his department made 20 arrests in January, and issued 87 citations, including those for traffic and parking. Officers also completed SWAT training.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

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