ANOTHER tax levy?

why you need to vote no ...

And a 25% Increase ?


VOte no on 23

not now

not needed

1. Columbus is already one of the highest-taxed cities in the nation (USA Today, Feb. 17, 2014‚Äč).  If this tax passes, UA will move past Columbus as one of the highest-taxed cities in America.

2. The City hasn't been a good steward of taxpayer funds.  Employee salaries have risen far above any consumer price index.  City employees have free medical insurance if single, and family coverage costs just $135/month, well below what taxpayers are paying for their own coverage.  In fact, taxpayers contribute over $13,000 annually to each  employee's medical coverage.

3. While the city tries to convince taxpayers that funds from the income tax increase will be dedicated to infrastructure repairs, the tax revenues can be spent on such things as computers, cell phones, iPads, and take-home cars. 

Do you like numbers?

1. UA is already $1.6 million in the black this next fiscal year and on course to be $2.5 million for the year.  If you include the $1 million budget adjustment done in July, UA is $2.6 million in the black and could be $3.6 million by the end of the year.

2. The rainy day fund increased by $4.7 million in FY 2012.

3. The rainy day fund has been between $15 million and $19 million between 2005 and 2012, and is currently over $15 million.  This represents an operational coverage ratio of 45-51%.  The law requires a coverage ratio of 30%.  The point here is that during the economic downturn when it was raining, the City never really tapped the rainy day fund.

4. Income tax collection has increased four of the past five years and the City has had record collections for two of the past three.

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