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Barberton City Council approves ballot proposal for income tax increase

By Beacon Journal staff

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BARBERTON: City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that, if approved by voters at the ballot Nov. 5, would raise the city income tax one-quarter percent to 2.25 percent beginning Jan. 1.
The additional revenue would be used for roadway reconstruction and resurfacing of streets and alleys, the ordinance said.
The increase would be permanent and as stated in the ordinance language is needed because “the city of Barberton has suffered revenue losses over the past five years due to a downturn in the national economy and a decrease in state funding to local governments.”
The increase will be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot for approval by voters.
Following the meeting, council went into summer recess and will not meet again, unless there is an emergency, until Sept. 3. The typical Monday meeting will move a day from Sept. 2 because of the Labor Day holiday.

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