Beavercreek is one of the few Ohio cities without an earned income tax.
“I’ve said all along that Beavercreek desperately needs an alternative revenue source to fund our infrastructure needs and this legislation gives our constituents the ability to cast their vote to fundamentally change how our city is funded,” said city council member Pete Bales.
This is not the first time the city has attempted to add an earned income tax.
In 2013, voters turned down a 1.5% earned income tax because opponents said the tax did not have enough accountability about how the money would be spent for capital improvements.
In 1984, four years after the city was incorporated, voters defeated a 1.5% income tax by a nearly 4 to 1 margin. Ten years later, voters said “no” to a 1% income tax by a similar margin.
Opposition groups like the Beavercreek Tax Busters have continuously fought the issue whenever a push for an income tax resurfaces.
“When you have a city income tax, you don’t really know where it’s going,” said John Mitchell, Tax Buster member and Beavercreek resident. “It goes into the treasury and I think they kind of say ‘Oh we’re going to target infrastructure.’ Well, yeah — but they don’t say which infrastructure.”
If approved, the 1% income tax will reduce city property taxes for all city property owners, according to a Beavercreek release, it provides a 100% credit to Beavercreek residents for city taxes that are paid, up to 1%, to other cities, exempts retirement, social security and active military pay and captures income taxes from everyone working within the city limits.