Fairborn informational meeting Wednesday on proposed income tax

Those who live and work in Fairborn will get a chance to ask city leaders questions and give feedback on a proposed income tax that will be on the ballot in March.

The additional revenue garnered from the income tax would be earmarked for public safety operations. City Manager Rob Anderson said that city staff determined the additional funding is needed to maintain police and fire operations.

Fairborn’s income tax rate is currently 1.5%. The city is proposing levying an additional half a percent, bringing Fairborn’s income tax rate to 2%.

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For someone making $50,000, that change would be an additional $20.83 per month. That adds up to an additional $250 every year for 10 years.

“We really want to hear what residents have to say about the income tax,” Anderson said.

The first citizen forum will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Fire Training room, located at 44 W. Hebble Avenue. There will also be forums on Monday, Jan. 27, Tuesday Feb. 4 and Thursday Feb. 13, all at 6 p.m.

The location of the Jan. 27 meeting is yet to be decided, Anderson said. The Feb. 4 meeting will be held at the Fairborn Senior Center and the Feb. 13 meeting will be held at the Fairborn United Methodist Church.

The 10-year levy will be on the ballot in March. The increased income tax wouldn’t tax effect until Jan. 1, 2021.

There will be a brief informational presentation on the income tax and then city staff will open the floor for questions, Anderson said.

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