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Facts About the Proposed Income Tax Increase

Akron voters will decide the fate of a proposed 1/4 percent income tax increase when they vote in the November 7 election. The tax increase would generate about $16 million annually earmarked for police, fire, EMS and roadway improvements. About one third of the money would be used to maintain current police staffing levels and to fund investments in equipment, including replacing more than 60 outdated police cruisers. Another third would be dedicated to maintaining fire and EMS staffing levels and to renovating or replacing several fire stations in disrepair. The final third would be used to pave an additional 43 miles of Akron streets each year.

The income tax increase would be Akron's first increase in 36 years, and it would offset $15 million in annual reductions of state tax-sharing revenue. The increase would raise Akron's income tax to 2.5 percent, which is consistent with most of Ohio's larger cities. The cost of the additional 1⁄4 percent income tax is $1.68 per week for a resident earning Akron’s median income of $35,000.

An income tax increase would not affect retirement or pension income, social security or other government benefits. Workers in the highest income brackets would pay more, workers in lower income brackets less, and those who are not working would not pay anything. Additionally, two-thirds of the funds raised through income tax collection would be paid by commuters who live in surrounding communities but work in Akron and use the city's roads and services.

Date set for Trick or Treat

Halloween, Oct. 31, falls on a Tuesday night this year, but children in Akron will get to jump start the holiday with Trick or Treat night set for Saturday, Oct. 28, 5-7 p.m., throughout the city. For the safety of children, city officials encourage all neighborhoods to adhere to the city's designated trick or treat night, when police and motorists can expect and be better prepared to watch out for little ghosts and goblins darting from house to house.

Upcoming Meetings

Committees meet Monday afternoons in council chambers, 166 South High Street, 3rd floor. Council as a whole meets Mondays at 7 p.m.

25SepCommittee MeetingsTime: Monday, 1:30-4:00 PMLocation: City Hall - 166 South High Street, Akron 44308
25SepCity Council MeetingTime: Monday, 7:00-9:00 PMLocation: City Hall - 166 South High Street, Akron 44308
27SepWard 8 "Coffee with the Councilwoman"Time: Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 AMLocation: Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave.

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