Hamilton Income Tax: Does not increase

After hearing strong opinions against raising Hamilton's income tax for residents working outside the city, Joshua Smith, the city's governor, withdrew the plan.

He will recommend the second idea be "taboo permanently" by the Council at its meeting.

One major element in Smith's reversal of the plan is the need for a long-term needed street repairs that the city plans to call its voters next year, he said.

Facing the equipment and construction needs for fire and police services, as well as the need to upgrade the nearby Spooky Nook Road, was proposed at Champion Mill - the large indoor sports complex along North B Street. - Smith has proposed to reduce from 100% to 50% of credit for income tax paid to other local governments that the city has granted to residents since at least 1995.

This proposal will cost a resident of $ 50,000 and work beyond the city limits of $ 0 to several hundred dollars a year, depending on where they work. The council held a public hearing last week about the proposal, which could have caused $ 1.5 million a year and began Jan. 1.

All but two of the 18 people who spoke at the hearing, or read the email when absent, objected to the proposal, arguing that it was unfair to target them instead of raising taxes on those people. table.

Smith this week met some residents who opposed the change in income tax.

In response to questions from the Journal-News, Smith said that street level income needs to be successful, and he believes that the change in income tax will harm its chances.

"First and foremost, cities want street money to be voted next year for success," he wrote via email. "Our streets have been repaired awhile for decades, and we need to move forward with a systematic plan to fix them. Based on the feedback we received from residents, they said it would be difficult to vote for a street tax if the income tax credit was reduced. "

In addition, after the second meeting with rivals, "there is clearly no broad support for tax credit income approach," Smith said.

After that determination, the city administrators will now do two things, he said:

First, it will require the CEO of Spooky Nook to "check their plans to see what can be re-designed to reduce capital costs"; and
Second, "we will have to cut city costs to limit the amount of money that is bound in other places," Smith said. "That certainly will not be an easy exercise, but Council believes that Spooky Nook is the catalyst development needed to keep Hamilton from (a) positive trajectory."
Opponents of raising income taxes attended the meeting this week with Smith and other city leaders saying they felt the move out of the proposal was wise.

"I'm glad they listened," Ben Statzer said. "The proposed reduction in credit tax for people working in other cities is just not appropriate."

Statzer added: "I am very kind to my words when I know if this was done because it was originally proposed that a lot of people would be very upset." "In my opinion, this would be a big mistake, with a short view of the time when people started to feel really positive about the city."

Statzer said he believes Smith has done "a great job to manage and help to re-establish this city," but Smith said in a difficult position due to the city's tight finances and demand for Things like the new fire station (replacing it for about 100 years) the old ones that used to put horse fire equipment). Statzer believes that "your heart is in the right place".

Statzer, like everyone else said in the public hearing, observed, "There is not enough good jobs in this city, so from a recruiting perspective - Hamilton needs people working in the city. else why chase them away? "

People may have moved from the city, with reduced credit, he said. For the opportunity of repairing the street, "the decision to table the tax proposal helps out a ton," Statzer said. "I personally believe that there are enough people who are upset about the ways in which they have a good chance of overcoming it."

Statzer said he was always a supporter of the Spooky Nook project: "However, I do not want to sponsor Spooky Nook beyond my family budget. ... I really like Hamilton, I did not say 10 years ago. But no good money can come from the Spooky Nook, which would justify taking a few hundred dollars a year from my family. "

Wayne Henson of West Side, another rival working outside the city, said, "I object to the return, but I am not against paying my fair share."

As for the street revenue next year, he is not sure about its journey.

"It would be very interesting," Henson said. "I think it will come down to the final vote."

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