Pictured is Juli Stephens, a regional representative for Sixth District Congressman Bill Johnson, speaking to the Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce regarding the congressman's opposition to a bill aimed at expanding the access of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to information in personal bank accounts. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)
Pictured is Juli Stephens, a regional representative for Sixth District Congressman Bill Johnson, speaking to the Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce regarding the congressman's opposition to a bill aimed at expanding the access of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to information in personal bank accounts. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

A bill expanding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) power regarding the tracking of bank accounts is opposed by Ohio’s 6th District Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta). Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce members were brought up to date on his views by his regional representative, Juli Stephens, during their Monday, Sept. 13 meeting in the Cardigan Building in Oak Hill.

Johnson is reportedly working hard to stop a bill entitled the “American Families Plan,” which would flag the movement of money from one account to another.

“If someone moves money from one account to another, or your child's account, it will be reported to the IRS," Stephens explained. It’s her understanding that amounts of $600 or more would prompt such tracking.

According to a recent Forbes Magazine article, “Banks and other financial institutions would be required to report more than just a taxpayer’s interest earned, capital gains and losses. They would also have to report aggregate account outflows and inflows.”

Stephens shared the Congressman’s disdain for the bill.

“Basically, the IRS will know everything about every bank account. It is not a good move,” she added. “Congressman Johnson does not believe it should be done.”

Stephens also stated the Congressman was involved in the budget process and is looking for new economic opportunities for Ohio.

Oak Hill Superintendent Reports

 Chamber members also heard from Oak Hill Union Local Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marci Shepard, who informed the members of the recognition the school district recently received from U.S. News and World Report magazine which ranks Oak Hill as a top-performing district in the state and the highest in Jackson County. (A follow-up story with all the details will be included in a future edition of The Telegram.)

Dr. Shepard also spoke of the school’s COVID-19 plans and policies. She credits the staff for going to extra lengths to make the school year special and safe for students.

“We want the kids to be in school every day, and we believe that is the best place for them,” Dr. Shepard stated.

She also noted the turf-replacement project at Davis Stadium is complete and that the track oval has been paved. She noted the rubberization and stripping portion of the track would be taking place soon.

Other Chamber of Commerce Business

In other business, Chamber Vice President Bruce Barkhurst stated advertising for the welcome sign project is nearly complete, and that a few Amish businesses had opened as well. He reported the Amish School House Auction was also an immense success.

IronOak Center Owner Patrick Ball stated he is getting clients and is working remotely for large firms by setting up offices in the center as the clients do not have reliable services in their homes. He noted that he uses the fiber connection at the Center to work remotely. Ball says making available the power and portability of high-speed Internet should be a local goal and could help the area diversify its economy. The IronOak Center contains several businesses, including the Adena Health Center.

In his remarks, President Kurtis Strickland reported the Chamber’s Pumpkin Walk is set Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Central Memorial Park. The event is free and can be enjoyed by both youths and adults in the community.

Strickland also mentioned several meeting dates for the Jackson County Port Authority, the Jackson County Land Bank and the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership. He thanked everyone for attending and noted the next meeting of the Oak Hill Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 11, at noon.