“The easiest thing for me to do was nothing,” Barry said earlier. “The hard thing to do is to say, ‘This isn’t right.’ This should be decided on by the voters.”
The 0.25 percent sales tax increase taking effective Oct. 1 is expected to generate an additional $19.1 million for the county to overcome a $9 million 2019 budget gap.
Debbie Lieberman said without the sales tax increase, a number of programs would be chopped, many involving public safety.
“We don’t like raising taxes, but we have to function,” she said last month. “We want to continue having a high-performing county that continues to be known as a county that is a great place to live, to work and raise a family.”
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Barry, also a Miami Twp. trustee, faces current Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice on Nov. 6.
Last month, Smith filled the 43rd Ohio House District seat vacated by Republican Jeff Rezabek, who left to become a Montgomery County Juvenile Court judge. He defeated Kenny Henning in the Republican primary for the seat in May and will run against current Democratic Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley for the seat in November.
Antani will defend his 42nd Ohio House District seat against Democrat Zach Dickerson, also from Miamisburg, in the fall.