On Nov. 2, Powell voters will decide the fate of a proposed income tax increase. Pro and con political action committees spoke on the issue at an information meeting, Sept. 28.

On Nov. 2, Powell voters will decide the fate of a proposed income tax increase. Pro and con political action committees spoke on the issue at an information meeting, Sept. 28.

Both sides agree the city has capital improvement needs. They disagree on the method for funding those needs.

If passed, the city's income tax would change from its current 0.75 percent, with a credit as high as 0.50, to 1.5 percent with a credit as high as 1 percent. The credit is given to Powell residents who work in other cities and pay income tax there. Officials have said that 62 percent of the residents, those who work in municipalities other than Powell, would not see an income tax increase.

In a companion ordinance, city council slated the new income tax revenue for capital improvements for 10 years. A measure they said would require 6 of 7 council members to repeal.

Council member Sara Marie Brenner spoke as a member of the "Friends of Powell," the PAC that opposes the income tax increase.

Friends of Powell would prefer residents vote on capital improvement bonds for individual projects, such as bike paths or roads and sidewalks.

Brenner said such funds would be "targeted," easily "accountable," and "not permanent" as an income tax would be. The group also is concerned that the issue would double the city's income tax.

Council member Richard Cline spoke as a member of the PAC in support of the income tax issue.

Cline said that should the issue pass, half of the estimated $2.2-million in new income tax would be paid by nonresident workers in the city and that the city's income tax would still be lower than other cities in the area.

For information on the proposed tax increase, visit Powell's website at www.cityofpowell.us.

For information on the PAC "Citizens to Keep Powell a Wonderful Place to Live" visit the website www.investinpowell.com.

For information on the PAC "Friends of Powell" visit the website www.friendsofpowell.com.