Ohio Sales Tax Increase

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

When the sales tax goes up on Sunday, there are many mixed emotions in Marietta on how much it will actually effect people.

"Anytime there is a tax increase, it's not good," said Baker & Baker Owner, Larry Hall.

"But after a while, like any sales tax, it just becomes part of everyday transactions and they don't pay any attention to it. So, I'd have to say probably after a while people will not be paying attention to it," said WorkingMan's Employee Dave Schramm.

Starting this Sunday in Ohio, sales tax climbs from 5.5 to 5.75 percent.

Schramm says he doesn't think it will change business all that much.

"I think there might be a slight decrease in the beginning but probably not much. You know people still need to have their essentials and that's the way the state gathers their money is taxing essential items," said Schramm.

Some small business owners in Marietta however, are concerned about their customers and how to survive.

"We don't have a way to compensate it, it is not fair. To double on the customer because the government as made an increase. What we expect is the government to give us a little bit more of a break, so we can keep up with our business and maintain our customers happy," said Faces by Design Owner, Martha Jones.

"Anytime that the government gets involved, it seems like in anything, that the small business man is trying to do, it's not a good thing," said Hall, Baker & Baker Jewelers.

At the same time, the income tax in Ohio is going down on Sunday but most are focused on the increased sales tax

"So on one hand yes, I like the tax going down, the income tax but I certainly don't like the sales tax going up," said Schramm, WorkingMan's.

The concern even reaches into the new Obama health care, the Affordable Care Act.

"Obama Care has everybody terrified. I am terrified, because there has not been an education about it. We all know it is going to touch small businesses at one point or another, and I know it is going to be another financial burden on our pay roll," said Jones, Faces By Design.

With many concerns and questions, citizens say only time will tell.

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