Aurora property taxesbelow some in countyAurora's total and effective tax millage for 2006 (taxes collected in 2007) are lower than several Portage County communities, ac-cording to County Treasurer Stephen Shanafelt.The city's total millage is 91.31 and the effective millage is 48.05 for residential and agricultural properties and 52.85 for all other classes.All communities in the Kent school district top Portage County's total rate list, ranging from 119.34 to 130.39 mills, including Streetsboro, Kent, Sugar Bush Knolls Village and Franklin Township.Other communities with higher overall rates than Aurora are Brimfield, Charlestown, Freedom, Hiram, Nelson, Ravenna, Shalersville and Suffield townships, and Mogadore and Garrettsville villages.The total tax rate is what has been approved by voters of that taxing district, while the effective rate includes the tax reduction factor under House Bill 920 passed in 1972.Shanafelt reports the deadline to pay first half 2006 real estate taxes is Feb. 26. Questions about tax bills should be referred to 330-297-3586.Public hearings slatedon site plans, rezoningCity Council will conduct two public hearings Feb. 12 prior to its regular meeting at 7 p.m.At 6:30 p.m., residents will have the opportunity to comment on a proposed amended planning-zoning ordinance dealing with procedures for site plan approval.At 6:45, residents can comment on an application to rezone about 40 acres on Treat Road from R-1 residential to R-4, which is targeted for the May primary ballot.Copies of the ordinances are available in the clerk of Council's office at Town Hall. An opportunity will be afforded to anyone who wishes to comments on the subjects.'Suite' to start; actorseyed for 'High Spirits'Aurora Community Theatre will kick off its winter production of Neil Simon's "California Suite" Friday at 8 p.m. It will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 through Feb. 17.Robert Kmiecik is director and Jane Morton is producer. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for persons under 18, or $10 each for groups of 15 or more.Tickets are available by calling 330-562-1818 or visiting www.auroracommunitytheatre.com.Meanwhile, director of the spring musical "High Spirits" -- David Vosburg -- is still looking for male and female singers to fill major roles.That play is based on Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit." The age range is 30 to 50. Production dates are Fridays and Saturdays from April 27 to May 19.For details about auditions, call Keith Stiver at 330-720-9330.Six concerts plannedat Breezy Point ParkThe city will host six summer music concerts beginning in June. They will be presented on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in June, July and August at Breezy Point Park gazebo."We're excited about expanding our concert series and offering the people of Aurora a wide array of musical programs, said Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus.Last year, the concert series was well-received and the city hopes to grow the tradition and attract more people to the outdoor events."We're also hoping to work with businesses to sponsor these concerts," added Kraus. "It's a wonderful way for businesses to market themselves while giving back to the community."For details on sponsoring a concert or appearing as the main attraction at a concert, call Christine Shock at 330-995-9149.RITA offers electronicfiling, payment optionsThe Regional Income Tax Agency has announced businesses and residents can file taxes and make payments online at www.ritaohio.com.Employers filing withholding returns are provided with two choices -- fill in a simple withholding form or attach a payroll file. A secured ACH payment (electronic debit of a checking account) completes the filing.Individuals are provided with the following features:A simple step-by-step calculation of taxes or refunds, ability to file even if you moved in 2006, electronic transfer of refunds into checking or savings accounts, pay by credit card or ACH and delay payment of taxes (file as early as you like and set up an ACH payment anytime before April 15).Here's what a taxpayer must e-file:Social Security numbers for yourself and spouse, W2 forms from all employers, 1099 forms and federal Schedules C, E and F, date of move for residents who moved in 2006 and bank routing and account numbers for a fast refund or to pay electronically.Further information is available at www.ritaohio.-com or by calling 1-800-860-7482.Library claims games,audiobooks big itemsThe Portage County District Library's circulating video game collection is growing.The library added video games to its circulating collection in November and the response has been "tremendous," according to district officials.Video games are available for one week -- one title checkout on an adult PCDL card -- and games without holds can be renewed.Patrons can browse the collection using the online catalog, using either a title search or the system's name in a subject or keyword search.Patrons also should not forget about the downloadable audiobook service that began in last August.Cardholders can download fiction and on-fiction titles for a 21-day checkout period, and there are no holds lists. Procedures are available at www.portaglibrary.-org.City meetings plannedThe city's architectural board of review will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, with a handful of items on the agenda.To be discussed will be Ironwood Development's proposed commercial-office complex on Route 306, monument and building signs for the Aurora School of Music, panel signs for Realty One, revised front elevations and colors for a condominium on Brighton Drive and a barn to be built on Countrywood Trail.Meanwhile, the civil service commission will meet tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30.Dog licenses availableThe last chance for Aurorans and Portage Countians to purchase dog licenses for 2007 is Jan. 31.The city's location for licenses is Aurora Veterinary Clinic just northeast of the city cemetery. Cost is $10 per dog or $50 per kennel. There is a 75-cent processing fee if license is purchased at the veterinary clinic.A dog license is required by state law and acts as an identification for a dog if it is lost.