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Elyria officials urge fast movement by council to get tax renewal on November ballot

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Elyria Finance Director Ted Pileski and Law Director Scott Serazin said Council needs to move quickly if it would like to go on the November ballot with a request for voters to renew a temporary tax first passed in 1984.

Voters have to OK continuous collection of the revenue every five years, and the 0.5-percent temporary income tax is set to expire June 30, 2019. This is not to be confused with another 0.5-percent temporary income tax voters approved in 2016 that is known as Issue 6. Council has a few more years before it can ask for a renewal on that one.

But this older temporary tax must get approval with Council having just two chances — November and May — to garner support from voters before it expires.

Pileski said the tax brings in about $6.4 million each calendar year and losing the revenue would put the city in a deficit by the end of 2019.

Council has just one meeting — Council’s summer schedule means the members won’t meet again until Aug. 6 — to vote so it can meet the Lorain County Board of Elections filing deadline of 4 p.m. Aug. 8.

Serazin said that means the measure has to go before the Finance Committee on July 30 and go right to Council a week later.

He said anyone who has concerns about the tax should see him before those meeting dates.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 440-329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.
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