NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Niles city officials can breathe a sigh of relief after voters approved an income tax increase in Tuesday’s primary election.
The city is in fiscal emergency, and last November voters rejected a quarter-percent income tax increase.
The city asked voters to approve a 0.5 percent income tax increase, from 1.5 to 2 percent, to curtail a looming $1.5 million dollar deficit.
Niles Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia said, without the levy, the city would have faced additional police and fire department layoffs, as well as layoffs of city employees.
“Maybe we can be normal again, whatever that is, but maybe we can,” Scarnecchia said. “What does normal mean for the city of Niles with the passage of this levy? Everybody back to work–police, fire and we have city people laid off too.”
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