Some democrats, including at least two Ohio members of Congress, plan to boycott Tuesday’s scheduled speech to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Half Vote Counted, Tax Increase Maintains Lead
With about half of the precincts reporting, the yes votes for the Columbus income tax maintained a lead over the no votes.
With 261 out of 528 precincts reporting, the votes for the income tax increase totaled 24,612 (54%) while votes against the increase totaled 21,331 (46%).
If approved the measure would raise the Columbus income tax by 25% from 2.0% to 2.5%. City officials say it will help erase a $115 million budget deficit and prevent the layoffs of hundreds of police officers and fire fighters.
In the Southwestern City School District, the levy trailed by about 1,000 votes with 1/2 of the precincts reporting.