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Income-tax measure

Both sides of Issue 4 file campaign finance reports

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Two Gahanna groups filed post-primary campaign finance reports with the Franklin County Board of Elections by the June 14 deadline.

The reports were in connection with Issue 4, the May 7 ballot issue that proposed a city income-tax rate increase from 1.5 to 2.5 percent.

Citizens for a Strong Gahanna treasurer Laurel Naegele filed a report June 14, showing $1,397 being brought forward from the last report.

The group supported the city's proposed income-tax rate increase that was defeated narrowly May 7.

Naegele reported a total of $2,600 in monetary contributions and $750 from other income, for a total of about $4,747 in funds. Of those funds, about $4,745 was used as monetary expenditures for a balance on hand of slightly more than $2.

Naegele also reported an outstanding $250 loan owed by the committee to Citizens for Jolley.

Contributors and the amount received by the pro-levy group included FOP Political Education Fund, $1,000; Michael J. Underwood, $100; Porter Wright, $500; and Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment Inc., $1,000. A statement of other income included $750 from Citizens for Jolley. An in-kind contribution in the amount of $27.60 for postage also was received from Citizens for Jolley on June 7.

Expenditures included five printings at Hot Cards in Columbus, for a total of $3,744.90, and $1,000 in a loan repayment to Citizens for Jolley.

The Gahanna Freedom Alliance Inc. of Blacklick also filed a report regarding Issue 4. Its one-page report is called an "Independent Expenditures from a Corporation or Labor Organization Supporting or Opposing Ballot Issues" form.

Alliance president Matthew Campbell reported that the group paid Rocky Fork Printing $256.20 for Get Out the Vote flier prints. The report was received by Franklin County on May 21.

The GFA started meeting in 2010 as an education-based group.

Detailed finance reports are online at vote.franklincountyohio.gov. Select "campaign finance."

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