How Your City Tax Dollars Help

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The clock is ticking and tax payers only have one more day to get their federal and state income taxes filed, and some folks in Ohio need to remember those city taxes as well.

City taxes fund many departments, especially when it comes to public safety.

Steve Hill has worked with the Marietta Fire Department for seven years, and over that time has learned there's a lot more to it than fighting fires.

"I was kind of surprised. I remember when I first started I thought it was just a fire department, and the majority of our calls are actually non-fire calls. EMS stuff: anything from someone getting injured, to a medical problem, to car accidents. You know, water lines break in people's houses, and we go there to try to prevent further flood damage in their homes," Hill said.

But all of that help wouldn't be possible without the funding of tax dollars.

"We're here to serve the customer, and the customer is the public that actually pays the taxes. We just wanna be able to provide the best service, and by them paying their taxes and making sure their bills are paid helps keep the funding going so that we can provide that service," Marc Coppernoll, assistant chief, said.

"The bottom line is public safety," Hill said.

In order to meet the deadline, federal, state and city taxes must be post-marked by Wednesday.

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  • by Larry Location: Parkersburg on Apr 14, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    It's long overdue for municipalities to begin "tightening the belts" on much of their spending. The "tax payers" have been doing that for some time now. A lot of the projects that these municipalities take on is pure fluff, and not necessary. Other necessary services such as fire and safety should be getting all the budgets, and the fluff portions of budgets should be trash canned. Spending should be flatly stopped, and funding of necessities should be mandatory. Necessities should be at the forefront before raises, new equipment, etc. Historic improvements and such projects should be taken on only with additional income from societies and organizations, and never from tax revenues. To raise and collect taxes, while spending it on anything other than necessity, is in my opinion reckless and criminal. No specific municipality is in mind as the target of these comments. They are all guilty.
  • by Hank Location: Belpre on Apr 14, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    I hate to point out the obvious- but the tax payers don't "help"- ALL money from cities comes from the people either directly by city tax or fee or from the state or feds through the taxes the people pay them which trickles back down. Same with the magical grants. It's ALL tax money unless it's from a group like the local Community Foundation or Sister's of St. Joseph among others.
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