Federal data says toxic emissions are declining in central Ohio.
Overcoming a sour economy and accusations of fiscal mismanagement, Columbus City officials and supporters are celebrating passage of the city’s first income tax increase in 27 years.
Columbus voters head to the polls today (Tuesday) to cast ballots on a couple of local issues: one, a proposed city income tax increase….the other a school levy. Both proposals have sparked fierce debates. WOSU gives a recap of the issues.
The results of early absentee ballots counted in Columbus give the edge to supporters of an increase in the city income tax. The Franklin County Board of Elections reports 7,048 (59%) absentee voters voted for the income tax increase while 4,869 (41%) people voted against it.
Tonight, WOSU hosted the last official debate before the August 4th special election to increase Columbus’ income tax from 2% to 2.5%.
With the August 4th vote on the income tax increase less than three weeks away, the Columbus Metropolitan Club held a debate today on whether the city really needs a rate increase.
In the shadow of significant budget deficits, all city departments have been forced to cut back. But one of the most deeply affected has been – and continues to be – the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. WOSU’s Sadie Taylor reports.
Ohio voters won’t be getting the chance to repeal the state income tax this November after all. A group that had vowed to give them that chance says it is shelving that idea for the time being. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
Two groups are forming in opposition to the city’s proposed one-half percent increase in the Columbus city income tax. That measure is on the August ballot, and city officials say hundreds of police and firefighter jobs hang on what voters decide.
Columbus Firefighters and Police unions said Thursday they support the mayor’s request for an income tax increase. Union representatives say safety is at the forefront of the decision.
As Columbus voters prepare to decide whether to increase the city’s income tax, it’s ironic that many people who would pay the higher rate cannot vote on the issue. WOSU looked into the numbers behind the city’s income tax.