Gahanna City Council approved legislation Feb. 4 to place an issue on the May 7 ballot that could increase the city’s income tax rate from 1.5 to 2.5 percent.
Council members Stephen Renner, Ryan Jolley, Beryl Anderson, Brian Larick, David Samuel and Brandon Wright voted in favor of taking the municipal income tax issue to the voters, while council member Karen Angelou voted no.
Angelou said she ran on a platform of no new taxes when seeking a seat on council. She feared a favorable vote to place the issue on the ballot would be misconstrued as an endorsement of the tax.
“Loud and clear you will hear N-O from me,” she said.
Renner, council president, said the city’s charter states that the people have the right to choose when it comes to their local taxes.
“They get to tell us at the polls in May,” he said. “Again, what type of Gahanna do you want?”
If approved by voters, the new rate would be effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The city administration estimates a deficit of $8 million annually without additional revenue.
Mayor Becky Stinchcomb said Gahanna needs to either increase its revenue or make serious cuts in order to have a balanced budget in the future.
For more on this story, read the Feb. 7 edition of the Rocky Fork Enterprise.