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Ohio budget cutbacks trigger 1,100 local tax issues on Nov. 8 ballot



Published: Sun, October 23, 2011 @ 5:06 p.m.

Ohio budget cutbacks trigger 1,100 local tax issues on Nov. 8 ballot

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio

Local bodies such as libraries and school boards say they have no choice but to ask voters for more money after Ohio’s budget cut their state aid.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that voters statewide will decide nearly 1,100 requests for higher taxes in levies for everything from police and fire protection to parks and senior services.

Voters are becoming wary of the continual requests for tax revenue.

Westerville resident Eric Sanchez tells the newspaper that he wonders where the money is being spent and whether bodies can’t wait a few years until the economy turns around.

Gov. John Kasich has warned local governments not to raise taxes in response to state cuts, saying it would set back development efforts.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

It's not the Sate of Ohio that triggered all these levies. It's the greedy selfish public employee unions demanding their cadillac healthcare and golden pension plans in a bad Ohio economy. Most of these levies would not be needed if SB5 is sustained so vote YES on Issue 2.

***** Vote YES on Issue 2 *****

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2SAVEOURCOUNTRY(469 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

No levies= no salt
no levies = no gas
no gas , no salt = snow covered roads

state cuts of 50% to local governments= levies

UNIONS had nothing to do with this one.

THANK to Governor for this!!!!!!!!!!

Why was I the only one to see this coming

VOTE NO ON SB5 and pass the levies....no don't pass the levies and march on Columbus to show Kasick what he has done to this once great state!!!!!

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

With less paying taxes due to the economy local governments must raise taxes to keep the status quo . Those on the government payroll will not stand still for any wage or benefit cuts .

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4Cowboyfan(105 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I guess saving the State Millions with pay freezes and increased medical isn't enough for some of you. There are only a handful of State workers who don't use their sick time and get paid for it.

YOUR Governor did this not the Unions.

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5Westsider(222 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

This is a bunch of garbage. Vote "NO" on all tax levies. How do you think we got into the mess that results in the drafting of HB 153 and SB 5 in the first place?

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