The city of Marysville has lent its voice to county and school district officials asking state lawmakers to vote against the proposed elimination of Tangible Personal Property Tax reimbursement.

The city of Marysville has lent its voice to county and school district officials asking state lawmakers to vote against the proposed elimination of Tangible Personal Property Tax reimbursement.

The council voted unanimously on May 26 to approve a resolution opposing proposals working their way through the Ohio General Assembly as it tries to draft a biennium budget. Part of that budget, if approved, would see the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) moved to the state general revenue fund, rather than being used as a reimbursement for TPPT funds.

"Promises were made to hold harmless our local governments and schools and to make them whole, and those promises are now being broken with the TPPT reimbursement not coming back to communities and schools" the resolution states. " in essence, the State of Ohio has balanced their budget by keeping money that was once community money and/or promised reimbursements, thus balancing the State budget on the backs of the communities in Union County."

The resolution comes on the heels of a series of town hall meetings conducted in the county by representatives of the Marysville School District, county commissioners and several county agencies, which were intended to spread the word on the General Assembly's plans to reduce local government funding across the state. While for many communities TPPT amounted to little if any funds, county commissioner Gary Lee has said that Union County will be the second-most affected county in Ohio, behind Montgomery County, in terms of local dollars lost.

In 2005 (the final year of the TPPT), Union County received about $20 million as part of voter-approved levies, according to figures compiled by the county health department. The Ohio Legislature eliminated the TPPT that year, replacing it with the commercial activity tax (CAT), revenues from which went to the state. While the state committed in 2006 to using CAT dollars to replace the missing TPP funds in local governments, the proposed two-year state budget would eliminate the replacement revenue.

"Union County local governments and schools will lose $20 million in annual revenues, far more than what can be saved by belt tightening, improving efficiency and collaboration," the council's resolution states.

"For Union County government, the budget I help work with, we're going to see nearly a million dollar loss for the personal property tax, and we're losing our local government funding which is $1.1 million, so we have a $2 million loss by 2013 in our budget," Lee said, addressing the council.