Local mayors talk Ohio state taxes - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Local mayors talk Ohio state taxes

Posted: Updated:

Governor John Kasich's budget plan released Monday was heavy on changes in taxes.  Local northwest Ohio mayors say some changes have been good and some have created challenges.

All of Ohio's municipalities have seen huge cuts in state revenue sharing.   Several mayors told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann today, some changes could help them better serve their residents.

Mayors of several local bedroom communities around Toledo talked about the challenges they've faced over the last two years.  Two years ago, the governor cut in half the money Columbus sends to Ohio's 550-municipalities.  The state also eliminated the estate tax.

In Maumee, that's meant a loss of nearly $1-million.  Mayor Richard Carr said, "The loss of interest on our investments.  The loss of state and local funding for us.  We're doing everything we can and we're still at a deficit."

Sylvania has lost $2-million because of state cuts and lower interest rates.  But the budget is balanced without tax hikes.  Mayor Craig Stough told 13abc he thought the governor's tax cut plan would work, adding, "That'll bring people back to Ohio.  And if they come back to Ohio, they'll want to be in northwest Ohio because we have the assets here for business to do a real good job."

State lawmakers do have money available for local governments but the state dictates how towns should spend that money.  That forces places like Oregon to hire consultants to justify projects for funding, according to mayor Michael Seferian.  "We've been successful at getting some of our share by having the consultants in here and having good applications."

Some smaller towns cannot afford to spend money to collect state money but Columbus also wants to create one uniform tax system by collecting local tax revenue for all 550-municipalities and keeping some it. 

That worries Perrysburg mayor Nelson Evans who said, "If they take some of our revenue away from our local income tax and how we collect our income tax that could have a huge impact more so then the local government funds and the estate tax."

Ohio may have a $1-billion Rainy Day Fund.  Some of the mayors say that money should be used to fund schools or to re-instate the revenue sharing.

And one mayor told 13abc, the best way the state can help his town is to help fund regional projects.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:28:52 GMT
    Helen, Serenia, and Malik Martin are ready for their holiday road trip to Columbus. The mom of three plans her trips before leaving, to make the ride a little smoother."I have a AAA membership so I get the little trip map so I can know where the construction is," says Helen.Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place."When you have all of these permanent ...
    Helen, Serenia, and Malik Martin are ready for their holiday road trip to Columbus. The mom of three plans her trips before leaving, to make the ride a little smoother."I have a AAA membership so I get the little trip map so I can know where the construction is," says Helen.Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place."When you have all of these permanent ...
  • Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:28:16 GMT
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.

  • Authorities investigation 3 bus accidents

    Authorities investigation 3 bus accidents

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:15:39 GMT
    The start of the school year is off to a bumpy start for some kids riding the bus, after 3 bus accidents in less than 24 hours. A bus driver even received a ticket for one accident. Sylvania Township police say a truck driver did not yield at a stop sign for the bus and the two collided. This happened near Cory and Springbrook. None of the junior high students on the bus were hurt. The truck driver was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries. Yesterday a Washington local school bus ...
    The start of the school year is off to a bumpy start for some kids riding the bus, after 3 bus accidents in less than 24 hours. A bus driver even received a ticket for one accident. Sylvania Township police say a truck driver did not yield at a stop sign for the bus and the two collided. This happened near Cory and Springbrook. None of the junior high students on the bus were hurt. The truck driver was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries. Yesterday a Washington local school bus ...
  • RegionalMore>>

  • Wendy's raises more than $10k for Adopt America

    Wendy's raises more than $10k for Adopt America

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:26:57 GMT
    Adopt America Network is a national organization headquartered here in Toledo. Its goal is to place foster children into permanent homes. Over the past month, six Wendy's in our area held a donation drive. It was called "Sandcastle Bricks." For one dollar, they donated a brick, put your name on it, put it on the wall, and all of that money went to AAN. Over the course of July, those 6 Wendy's managed to raise more than $10,000. That will place at least two children into permanent homes."Our w...
    Adopt America Network is a national organization headquartered here in Toledo. Its goal is to place foster children into permanent homes. Over the past month, six Wendy's in our area held a donation drive. It was called "Sandcastle Bricks." For one dollar, they donated a brick, put your name on it, put it on the wall, and all of that money went to AAN. Over the course of July, those 6 Wendy's managed to raise more than $10,000. That will place at least two children into permanent homes."Our w...
  • OSU rejects latest appeal by fired band director

    OSU rejects latest appeal by fired band director

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:51 AM EDT2014-08-28 09:51:03 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State rejected the latest appeal for reconsideration by its fired marching band director on Wednesday, rejecting Jonathan Waters' request to schedule a public hearing that would allow him an opportunity to defend his reputation.In a letter to university officials, Jonathan Waters' attorney said this "name-clearing hearing" is called for because the university violated due process rights that Waters was guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Attorney David Axelrod s...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State rejected the latest appeal for reconsideration by its fired marching band director on Wednesday, rejecting Jonathan Waters' request to schedule a public hearing that would allow him an opportunity to defend his reputation.In a letter to university officials, Jonathan Waters' attorney said this "name-clearing hearing" is called for because the university violated due process rights that Waters was guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Attorney David Axelrod s...
  • Long-term NOAA study shows wetland loss

    Long-term NOAA study shows wetland loss

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:09:30 GMT
    "We lost 90% wetlands in this area, so yes we've recovered some, but we've got a lot of work to do,"
    "We lost 90% wetlands in this area, so yes we've recovered some, but we've got a lot of work to do,"
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Put-In-Bay bar manager indicted for rape

    Put-In-Bay bar manager indicted for rape

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:09:08 GMT
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
  • Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Labor Day drivers prepare for construction

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:28:52 GMT
    Helen, Serenia, and Malik Martin are ready for their holiday road trip to Columbus. The mom of three plans her trips before leaving, to make the ride a little smoother."I have a AAA membership so I get the little trip map so I can know where the construction is," says Helen.Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place."When you have all of these permanent ...
    Helen, Serenia, and Malik Martin are ready for their holiday road trip to Columbus. The mom of three plans her trips before leaving, to make the ride a little smoother."I have a AAA membership so I get the little trip map so I can know where the construction is," says Helen.Construction season is still in full swing, making it a little harder for holiday travelers. Work crews will not be out this weekend, but permanent work zones will still stay in place."When you have all of these permanent ...
  • Blade Briefing 8/28/14

    Blade Briefing 8/28/14

     

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!