Canfield income tax issue loses by wide margin

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The income tax in the city of Canfield remains at 1 percent after voters soundly defeated a proposed half-percent increase on Tuesday’s special election ballot.

The issue was defeated by a vote of 1,350 to 489, according to complete but unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The margin of defeat was 73 percent against and 27 percent for.

City Manager Joe Warino previously said the city has lost $1 million from its general fund over the past three years because the state cut money from the local government fund and did away with the estate tax. And things are expected to get worse with tax cuts for small businesses in the most recent budget.

Warino said the increase would have made up most of the lost money. Now, safety services could be in jeopardy.

Because the tax was only on earned income, it would not have affected retired people drawing pensions.

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