Ohio's new $62-billion budget contains tax cuts, a sales tax increase, and other ways for the state to raise new revenue but once again cities across the state think they've been short-changed, with no significant increases in local government funds. Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart says cities have been struggling to make up for the money the state took away from them more than three years ago to help wipe out Ohio's budget deficit. He tells AkronNewsNow "between that and the excise tax, for us it's about a $2-million hit. Although I think we've done an excellent job through the austerity. We're still looking at projections which don't look terribly good."
Robart says several area cities are turning to local taxpayers to replace lost state local government funds.
" I think you're going to see more and more cities looking at tax increases, and that too is unfortunate, but we have to maintain basic services and provide for the safety of our citizens," says Robart.
He says cities must find some way to continue city services at a sustainable level. " We're going to have to keep cutting back, and that's unfortunate, but that's the lot we have in life."