By SHELLEY TERRY - firstname.lastname@example.org
People who live in Ashtabula, but who work in other municipalities with an income tax, now will pay more income tax to Ashtabula.
Voters approved a city income-tax credit Tuesday, 1,345 yes votes or 51 percent, to 1,301 no votes or 49 percent, according to the unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.
The ballot measure, which must be approved by a majority of voters in order to be effective, actually gives City Council the discretion to grant credits for income taxes paid ranging from 50 percent to 100 percent. By indicating the credit shall be “not less than 50 percent,” it clearly would permit more taxes to be collected from affected taxpayers.
The impact on taxpayers will vary according to where they work, the rate of income tax that city or village collects, and whether the other city or village grants a similar credit. Mentor, for example, has an income-tax rate of 2 percent, and grants a credit of 100 percent for income tax paid to another municipality, up to the 2 percent.
City voters also overwhelmingly approved the right to recall an elected official with an amendment to the city charter. That measure passed 2,092 votes or 79 percent, to 563 votes or 21 percent, according to the unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.
This means 10 percent of city voters must sign a petition to recall an elected official — the same as the state’s recall process.