Warren Council approves motion to put tax increase on ballot

If approved by voters, the city's income tax rate would be increased from 2 to 2.5 percent

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A motion to put an income tax increase on the November ballot in Warren has passed.

City Council voted 8-1 to approve the measure during a meeting on Monday afternoon.

Councilwoman Danielle Polivka was not at the meeting. John Brown, Jr. was the only council member to vote no.

“I feel this legislation was fast-tracked. We don’t know enough about it, don’t know how much it’ll bring in. We haven’t been told enough information. I think the citizens of Warren deserve that,” Brown said.

Warren resident Elizabeth Balint says she wants to know how every penny is spent.

“They need to let us know about the future, what’s going to be happening, bringing people into the city.”

If approved by voters, the city’s income tax rate would be increased from 2 to 2.5 percent.

“People out there in the public know that they want to keep the same level of service that they now have, and they know our needs. They know that through the years, we have been cutting, we have been doing things to adjust our budget and they know we really wouldn’t come to them unless we needed to,” said Councilwoman Helen Rucker.

Auditor Vince Flask says the increase would generate $3.5 to $4 million for the city, which is facing a budget deficit by the end of 2017.

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