Reynoldsburg Mayor: Higher Income Tax Long Overdue


UPDATED: Friday October 4, 2013 8:04 PM

People in Reynoldsburg will have a decision to make in November.

City officials say the proposed income tax of 2.5 percent would bring Reynoldsburg in line with surrounding communities, including Columbus.

Not all city voters are excited about the idea, though.

Michele Nieves says she enjoys living and working in Reynoldsburg.

“I like the neighborhood, the people,” she said.

But the Adorable Dogs employee says she doesn’t like the idea of having to pay more in income tax. As a mother of three, Nieves says her family will have to make sacrifices if taxes go up.

“More money out toward taxes means less money for the kids,” she said.

Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud says a higher income tax is long overdue.

Reynoldsburg hasn’t made a change to its income tax since the year Ronald Regan was shot, Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married and Art Schlichter was quarterback of the Buckeyes.

“1981...It’s been a while,” McCloud said.

He said the city lags behind cities of similar size in central Ohio.

For example, Reynoldsburg and Grove City sit at about 36,000 residents.

But Grove City brings in nearly $21.8 million annually in income tax revenue, compared to about $12.4 million in Reynoldsburg.

“If we are treading water and the other cities are moving forward, by definition, we are falling behind, and that’s where we are,” McCloud said.

The Mayor said an approved income tax increase would generate an additional $5 million per year.

He said he proposes using the money for additional police personnel and cruisers, economic development and re-development of vacant properties and making improvements to the city’s public facilities, parks and streets.

“We thought this was the fairest way to seek additional revenue,” he said. “This is not a property tax.”

Nieves isn’t so sure.

“If I was on their side, I would think, ‘Yea, It’s about time.’ But of course, I’m not on their side,” she said.

McCloud said the tax increase would only affect people who work in Reynoldsburg.

A person making $40,000 would see an increase of $400 in taxes each year.

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