Toledo's City Council will put 3/4 tax on March ballot

Mayor Mike Bell at Monday's City Council Vote / Mike Melchiorre

On Monday, Toledo's City Council voted unanimously to place a four-year renewal of a 3/4 percent income tax on the March primary ballot.

City officials say if the tax does not pass, they believe Toledo would see huge cuts in basic public safety services.

"Cuts to police of more than 200, cuts to fire of more than 150 as well as cuts to courts and other parts of city government funded by the general fund," Finance Director for the City of Toledo Patrick McLean said.

While at least one Council member proposed making the tax permanent, to better match the tax rate in other major Ohio cities, officials decided to continue with the more temporary solution.

"It is the same formula currently approved by voters. It is still temporary which means it will need to be approved again 4 years later to maintain basic city services," said Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara.

From estimates given at Monday's City Council meeting, the renewal generates about 50 million dollars a year.

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