Tax Matters Decided In Ohio Special Elections

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's largest city has a higher income taxes and students in one of the state's largest school districts may lose sports as a result of special elections.

Tuesday's close vote in Columbus approved an increase in the tax on people who work in the city.

They'll begin paying a 2.5 percent tax on their income, up from the current 2 percent, to help bolster the city's budget.

There were many school issues among the roughly two dozen questions decided in special elections held around Ohio on Tuesday.

Voters in the South-Western District in suburban Columbus -- among the state's 10 largest school districts -- rejected a levy that officials said was needed to save athletics and other extracurricular activities from budget cuts.

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

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