Beavercreek income tax failing

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An income tax request in Beavercreek was failing with about 52% of the votes against it at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday and about 48% for it.

One hundred percent of the precincts are in, according to Greene County Board of Elections data.

These results are expected to change as more ballots are counted through Nov. 18. The Dayton Daily News will continue to update these results as more ballots are counted.

The 1% earned income tax would not have been collected until Jan. 1, 2022.

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Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone said he was “thrilled” by the high voter turnout, but had mixed emotions about the outcome.

“I’m not as happy as I could be, but it was very close,” Stone said.

City leaders say this income tax would have kept the city from constantly coming to the people of Beavercreek for more money via property tax levies. Beavercreek is one of four cities in Ohio without an income tax; nearby Bellbrook is another.

City Manager Pete Landrum said the city had planned to use the roughly $14.5 million that would be generated from the income tax in the first year to replace a street levy set to expire at the end of 2021 and also help the city tackle long overdue infrastructure projects. Landrum said Beavercreek has a backlog of infrastructure projects that will cost close to $200 million to fix things like drainage, culverts, curbs and sidewalks in the city.

Any Beavercreek resident who already works in a community with an income tax would have gotten a credit up to 1%, Landrum said.

About half of the city’s residents work in a city with an income tax, so they wouldn’t have seen an increase. Civilians who live in Beavercreek and work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base would have had to pay the tax.

Residents have turned down several other income tax proposals. Most recently in 2013, about 61% of residents voted against it, according to the Greene County Board of Elections.

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