Akron officials begin planning for spending additional $16 million in income tax revenue

  • Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com
  • Published: 11/13/2017 04:37 PM

Despite dire shortages of fire-protection gear, rusted-out police cruisers and Akron roads that mimic driving on the moon, Mayor Dan Horrigan didn't want to assume voters would approve an income-tax increase last week. "I get superstitious. I didn't what to jinx myself and start spending money we didn't have," he said. "We've been quietly looking around at things, like what a new fire station looks like, what it would need." The increase was approved Nov. 7, bumping city income tax from 2.25 to 2.5 percent, bringing the city an additional $16 million annually. About 70 percent of Akron voters agreed the money was needed.


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