“Asking for the citizens support in May will allow us enough time to go back to the voters if we are not successful,” he said.
West Carrollton has lost more than $1 million annually in funding due to state action and is projecting future general fund deficits, according to the city.
The 0.25 percent tax hike generates about $600,000 annually for the general fund, said West Carrollton Finance Director Tom Reilly. It would help soften the blow of losing more than $1 million annually in funding due to state action, according to the city.
Ohio’s House Bill 5, passed in 2015, has already cost the city about $100,000. When fully implemented, it will reduce city revenue by about $400,000 annually, according to the city.
HB 69 put guidelines on cities’ red-light cameras that did not make it cost effective to operate West Carrollton’s program, City Manager Brad Townsend has said, removing another $125,000 of revenue from the city.
Other past state funding reductions include the elimination of the estate tax, public utility tax reimbursements, and tangible personal property tax reimbursements, according to the city.
Among the cuts West Carrollton has made is eliminating its safety dispatch center and contracting with Centerville for that city's services.
The issue is not part of tonight’s city council agenda. But to have the request placed on the May 2 ballot, the city would need to approve issue by Jan. 24, according to Townsend
The deadline to file issues for the spring ballot is Feb. 1, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.