Gahanna’s proposed income tax issue appears to have failed by 146 votes.
With all 30 precincts reporting Nov. 6, the issue failed 8,734 votes to 8,608 votes, or 50.36 to 49.64 percent, according to unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland said he’s still hopeful the issue, which would have raised the city’s income-tax rate from 1.5 to 2.5 percent, could pass.
“There are some provisional (ballots) out,” he said. “I think there’s still an opportunity for it to be successful. We want to make sure we count everything.”
The issue was set to generate $2.7 million in additional revenue the first year of collection, $6.4 million in the second year and $9 million when fully implemented in the third year.
With the money, the city hoped to use 75 percent of the increase to double its program to repair streets, add police officers and improve street lighting to enhance safety. The levy also was earmarked to provide revenue for the last section of the Big Walnut Trail, creating access from the north end of Gahanna to the south end at Pizurro park.
The other 25 percent was intended to go toward general municipal operations.
Gahanna last proposed a income-tax rate increase from 1.5 to 2.5 percent in November 2013, when it failed with a vote of 4,552 to 3,883 , or 53.97 percent against to 46.03 percent.