With early voting already taking place, politicians are spreading the message about local issues. In Findlay, the mayor is pushing to keep a quarter percent income tax.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik speaking to members of the Hancock County Republicans during their monthly luncheon. Mihalik pushing for the approval of Findlay Issue 3-- the renewal of a quarter percent income tax. However, if approved, the tax would become permanent. The Mihalik administration says even if the issue is approved, the city will experience a $2 million shortfall. Without the extra tax, she says that shortfall could balloon to $6 million.
City officials say the elimination of the estate tax and the decrease in local government funds are partly to blame. Fire chief Tom Lonyo says under the worst case scenario, his department could be chopped by one third.
Information from the administration was distributed during the meeting. However, information from Citizens for Findlay, an anonymous group that oppose the tax, was also passed out.