The State of Ohio has drastically cut funding to municipalities across the state making it even tougher for cities like Willowick ― those with no industrial and limited commercial tax base ― to make ends meet.
City leaders have worked diligently to tightly manage city budgets to ensure that the vital services residents depend on – especially police, fire and EMS – are available when needed. To fund these services, the city has reduced its workforce in all areas, cut operational costs, and eliminated much-needed capital improvements and equipment purchases from the budget.
These measures have allowed the city to postpone an income tax increase for more than 20 years. However, the city’s current levies no longer generate enough revenue to cover expenses, preventing those critical capital improvements and the purchase of new ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles.
City leadership – the Mayor and City Council – have joined together to acknowledge the difficult but important decision to place a 0.5% income tax increase on the November 2018 ballot.
Where the funds will be directed
- Update aging police, fire and EMS equipment
- Make necessary road repairs
- Maintain basic city services
- Maintain city parks and recreation programs
- Maintain our neighborhoods and commercial areas
Facts to consider
- Social Security, pensions, and investment earnings are exempt
- Alimony, disability and unemployment benefits are also exempt
- Residents who work outside of Willowick will continue to receive a credit of up to 2.19% on their income taxes
Where the funds go
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