NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) — Starting next month, people living in Newton Falls but working somewhere else will pay more taxes.
City Council passed the second reading of a ordinance 4 to 1 reinstating a 1 percent income tax. Previously, those who paid taxes to other municipalities did not have to pay income tax to Newton Falls.
Only one person attended the public hearing at Monday’s meeting in support of the idea, and he said the city is in dire straights and needs the money for operations.
City Manager Jack Haney agreed and said the tax will generate an extra $250,000 per year. The ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.
“Since 2005, we have lost approximately $430,000 due to cuts from the state and other revenue,” Haney said.
“What I would like to see is everybody put a little bit in the pot that wants to call this their community. And I can’t see anybody that wouldn’t want to help their community out where they live,” said resident John Baryak.
The city has laid off 20 percent of its workforce since 2005. The money will be used for police, streets, the community center and parks and recreation.