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


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 Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.
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