Last night, City Council voted 8-3 to place a new, permanent .5% income tax on the November ballot for voter approval. If passed, Elyria's income tax will increase to 2.25%, one of the highest in the state.
Council also passed a resolution that, if passed, the new funds would be allocated as follows:
80% to maintain city services at existing, reduced levels;
7.5% to city street improvement program (including engineering and street repairs);
7.5% to the police department; and
5% to the Parks and Recreation Department.
No new money is to be allocated to the Elyria Fire Department, which is currently operating with one station. No money is to be allocated to improve the downtown area, for economic development, for the law director's office or for any other areas included within the General Fund.