Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will address the Northwest Civic Association on the proposed city income tax increase, but a member of an opposition group says he should have been invited to participate.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will address the Northwest Civic Association on the proposed city income tax increase, but a member of an opposition group says he should have been invited to participate.

Coleman will speak about the tax increase at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the Carriage Place Recreation Center, 4900 Sawmill Road. The issue, which would raise the city's income tax rate from 2 percent to 2.5 percent, will go before voters Aug. 4.

Jennifer Adair, president of the civic association, said the mayor will have the floor but the public will be invited to ask questions.

The NWCA picked the time, date and location of the meeting, and is getting the word out for the mayor, but the group is not advocating a position, Adair said.

"I would hope that individuals who are 'anti-tax' come out, share their point of view and get questions answered," she said.

Adair said the NWCA would do the same for anti-tax groups, but no one from the opposition has asked the civic association to do so.

Bill Todd, who is leading the anti-tax group Basics First, said the NWCA should have invited the other side so residents can "hear the other side of the story."

"I think that anyone who is involved in community activities, whether it's a civic association or any organization like that, needs to be in the business of getting information to the residents so they can make an informed decision on a ballot issue," he said. "They shouldn't be shilling for one side or the other."

Adair added, "At this meeting, we will have tables in the hallway for other groups to distribute literature or other information. If there is an 'anti-tax' group that would like to address NWCA, we are open to hearing all point of views -- either at a regular meeting or special meeting."

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