Barberton City Council Monday night is expected to approve placing an issue on the November ballot asking magic city voters to approve a quarter percent increase in the city income tax. Mayor Bill Judge tells AkronNewsNow.. " That quarter percent would be earmarked strictly for street resurfacing. It's important to note that anyone who's retired, is collecting Social Security or a pension would not pay that additional amount. "
Judge says the city's streets are deteriorating " We have concrete streets, asphalt streets, and the infrastructure's breaking down. We have an infrastructure reserve fund, but we really don't have an earmarked fund for street resurfacing, so we have a huge need in town. You're seeing this throughout Ohio," says Judge. He says several other local cities are also considering income tax increases to deal with the same problem.
The Mayor says the average working Barberton resident would see a $70 to $80 dollar a year increase in their income tax if voters approve.
The $1.3 million annually generated by the income tax increase would allow Barberton to resurface an average of six miles of city streets each year, compared to the one mile the city can afford now.