Marysville's municipal income tax increase request will not include a commuter credit, Mayor Chris Schmenk announced Wednesday, March 31.

Marysville's municipal income tax increase request will not include a commuter credit, Mayor Chris Schmenk announced Wednesday, March 31.

Marysville's city council and administration have been talking about sweetening the deal for commuters since January, when two public meetings were held to gather public opinion, but residents' views were divided, according to Schmenk.

"Input was mixed from residents as to whether we should offer a commuter credit," she said. "However, most felt that all residents should pay the same for city services, regardless of where they work."

Marysville is proposing a 0.5-percent municipal income tax increase that will appear on the May 4 ballot.

Council President John Gore said the decision ultimately pits the needs of the majority against the desires of a few.

"After having two public meetings and having listened to the folks that had concerns, the best we could do would have been to offer a credit of 0.25-percent," Gore said. "What I heard from those who wanted a credit was that 0.25-percent was not acceptable.

"Council had to weigh the pressing needs for city services of the majority of our residents against the desires of a portion of our citizens and to make the best decision we could."

For more on this story, read the April 4 edition of ThisWeek Marysville.