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Columbus Tax Increase Prevails

12:00AM
August
4, 2009

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 Cast Ballots On Two Tax Issues; Columbus Could See First Tax Hike In 30 Years

12:00AM
August
4, 2009

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.

Absentee Ballots Give Early Edge to Income Tax Hike

12:00AM
August
4, 2009

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.

Election Looms As Two Sides Debate Income Tax Hike

WOSU's Mike Thompson, middle, moderates the debate between Andrew Ginther, left, and Bill Todd, right.
12:00AM
July
30, 2009

Tonight, WOSU hosted the last official debate before the August 4th special election to increase Columbus’ income tax from 2% to 2.5%.

Opposing Sides Debate Income Tax Hike

12:00AM
July
15, 2009

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.

Parks Department Deals With Cuts

12:00AM
June
15, 2009

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.

Plan Fades To Let Voters Kill Ohio Income Tax In November

12:00AM
June
9, 2009

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 Opposing Proposed City Tax Hike

12:00AM
June
8, 2009

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.

Police and Firefighters Back Mayor’s Request for Tax Hike

12:00AM
May
21, 2009

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.

40 Percent of Columbus Income Tax Payers Have No Say

12:00AM
April
28, 2009

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.