Columbus Tax Hike Among Special Election Questions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Polls are open at various places around Ohio for about two dozen special elections, including one to decide on a proposed income tax hike in Columbus.

People who work in the state's largest city now pay a 2 percent tax.

The issue on Tuesday's ballot would raise the income tax to 2.5 percent to provide the city with up to $100 million in extra revenue each year.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and other officials say without the tax increase, the city might have to lay off police officers and firefighters, close more recreation centers and make other cutbacks.

Most of the day's other special elections involve school issues.

Just outside Columbus, the south-western district -- one of the state's largest -- says if a levy fails, students will lose sports.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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