With election looming, Toledo mayor pushing hard for Issue 1

Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 5:11 PM EST
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Bad roads are the number one complaint, according to Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. And he says he has a plan to take care of it.

It's a 10-year income tax increase that would raise almost half a billion dollars -- 40% of which will be used for road repairs and other capital improvements.

If Issue 1 is approved by voters in a March 17 referendum, that levy would bring the tax rate for those that work in Toledo to 2.75% for the next ten years. Kapszukiewicz said that would average out to $8 more per paycheck than what workers are already paying.

According to Kapszukiewicz, the city would restore 70 miles of road a year -- 700 miles total over a ten-year span -- quadruple what the city typically does on its best years.

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