Columbus voters' approval of an income-tax increase has some suburban officials considering whether they should ask their voters to follow suit.

Columbus voters' approval of an income-tax increase has some suburban officials considering whether they should ask their voters to follow suit.

Dublin, which has a 2-percent income tax, isn't considering an increase to match Columbus' rate, which will rise from 2 percent to 2.5 percent Oct. 1.

"It's not even on the table for consideration," City Manager Terry Foegler said last week.

Mike Keenan, a member of Dublin City Council, said there's been some informal discussion about increasing the 2-percent income tax, "but I don't see it going anywhere here.

"I don't think there's any sentiment at all for that on this council," said Keenan, chairman of the finance committee. "I certainly wouldn't support it. I don't see any need for that."

Keeping a lower income tax won't significantly benefit Dublin when it comes to attracting business, Foegler said.

"I don't think it's a significant factor," he said, because income tax comes out of the employee's pocket, not the company's. "I don't think that will be a meaningful driver at the end of the day."

Some other municipalities, at least for the time being, don't seem to be inclined to go in the direction of Columbus, either.

David Meeks, economic development director for Hilliard, said he briefly discussed the issue the Mayor Don Schonhardt and the result was "a pretty resounding no."

In Bexley, the discussion of raising the income tax likely will begin after the August city council recess, council member Jeff McClelland said.

"It's in the back of everybody's mind that it would be a distinct possibility for Bexley," McClelland said. "Generally speaking, I support the idea of the tax increase."

Residents would have to approve. Any Ohio municipality looking to raise income taxes beyond 1 percent must place the issue before voters.

Bexley resident Bill Todd, who fought against the income-tax increase in Columbus, said higher taxes burden the average worker and send an unfriendly message to businesses.

"It's certain, with the Columbus city income tax increase, that all the suburbs are going to have to evaluate the rate or take advantage of the differential," he said.

Columbus now has the highest income tax in the region, meaning those who live or work in the city will pay the bigger rate starting Oct. 1. Most central Ohio cities give credits to residents who pay taxes to their workplace jurisdiction, meaning those municipalities don't impose the full rate against that same income.

For example, a person who lives in Dublin and works in downtown Columbus will pay Columbus. Pickerington gives a .5 percent credit, meaning residents who work in Columbus will pay a total of 3 percent rather than 3.5 percent.

Irrespective of the voters' decision in Columbus, Powell is looking to raise its income tax from .75 percent to 2 percent, council member Daniel Wiencek said. The proposal could be before voters as early as the primary ballot. Wiencek sees it as a way to shift back money to Powell to pay for capital projects and thinks residents will be supportive.

"I think the residents of Powell want to live in a first-class community," he said. "That's why they live there."