UPDATE: Marietta city residents will vote on an income-tax increase this fall

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 6:55 P.M. 6/22/2018

Marietta city residents will vote on an income-tax increase this fall in the general election.

Resolution 18, passed its third reading and vote Thursday night at the city council meeting.

Currently, the income tax is 1.7% and it generates roughly $10 million a year.

The new ordinance raises it to 1.85%, which would raise an extra $700,000 a year.

It would apply to the earned income of anyone who lives or works in Marietta.

The ordinance will go on to the Washington County Board of Elections to be certified and put it on the ballot for the general election this fall.


UPDATE: 06/21/18 11:15 A.M.

Marietta City Council President Josh Schlicher says the council is set to vote on the final reading of a proposed income tax increase Thursday night at its council meeting.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Armory on Front Street.


UPDATE: 5/31/2018 10:45 P.M.

Marietta City Council introduced a proposed income tax increase Thursday night in a special meeting, and it passed its first reading.

City Council President Josh Schlicher tells WTAP they are moving forward on the path he laid out, and they plan to go through all three readings before voting.

Currently, the income tax is 1.7% and it generates roughly $10 million a year. The city council is proposing to raise it to 1.85%, which would raise an extra $700,000 a year.

It would apply to the earned income of anyone who lives or works in Marietta.

There will be more discussion on June 4th in the next finance meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns Schlicher says you can contact your council member or address them at the next council meeting.


ORIGINAL STORY: 05/06/18

Voters in Marietta could be voting on an increase in their income tax this November.

The Marietta City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 31 to introduce the proposed income tax increase.

Currently, the income tax is 1.7% and it generates roughly $10 million a year. The city council is proposing to raise it to 1.85%, which would raise an extra $700,000 a year.

It would apply to the earned income of anyone who lives or works in Marietta.

“It came about because we were facing a lot of different problems with finances not only declining revenues from state and federal sources but also changing dynamics of the city and its operations. And in order to get ahead of it we need to look at every single avenue that we can and that means looking at economic development, that means looking at personnel levels, that means looking operations of the city,” said Josh Schlicher, the president of the Marietta City Council, said.

“We want people to know that we’re working in the best interest as always in trying to provide the best services we can for the best value for their tax dollars.”

Schlicher said the revenue from the existing tax is allocated to 17 different funds including:
• 0.2% Fire Levy
• 0.2% Street Maintenance & Repair
• 0.1% Capital Improvements
• 0.2% General (shall be used for the General Municipal Operations, Maintenance, New Equipment, Extension, Enlargement and Improvement of Municipal Services and Facilities of the City)
• 1.0% General Fund
• 1.7% Total Disbursement

He says the proposed increase could affect this allocation.

A second reading is tentatively scheduled for June 7 at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting. A final reading with adoption is slated for June 21 at its regular council meeting.

If adopted, the legislation will “sit” for 30 days before going effect. It will then be sent to the Washington County Board of Elections to be placed on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot.

If voters support it, it will go into effect in 2019.



 
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