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Bexley income-tax increase to go on ballot | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 41 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 27, 2011, titled Bexley income-tax increase to go on ballot | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Bexley voters will decide this fall whether to increase the city's income-tax rate by a half-percentage point.

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Tom Sawyer

Reynoldsburg, OH

#22 Jul 27, 2011
Life Long Bexley Resident wrote:
I live and work in Bexley, and my wife works in Columbus. We are NOT wealthy, we make about $100K a year - combined. This tax increase and credit reduction is going to take our RITA tax bill from $800/year, to $1300/year. That's $500 extra per year, to a young working family, just trying to get by and put our kids through excellent schools. All this, so that the estate tax could be eliminated for estates over $338,000. This is absolutely shameful. I have voted for every Bexley School levy EVER, but I will NOT for vote for this, and I intend to vote down every member of council who approved this measure, and who will subsequently benefit from the elimination of the estate tax. Just shameful.
That's your problem for voting for EVERY school levy. If anyone wastes more money then governemnt, it's a school district. Please understand that the schools and the city are seperate entities. YOu do understand that, right?
young Bexley family

Zanesville, OH

#23 Jul 27, 2011
Right wrote:
I hear what you're saying, but how do you see Bexley council "benefiting from the elimination of the estate tax"? They didn't vote on it - that was a cut pushed to Bexley by the state. So you're going to vote against your local council because you don't like what Kasich did?
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I agree that council did not decide on the elimination of the estate tax. However, being familiar with the membership, the majority of the council will in some way benefit from the elimination of the estate tax. Rather than propose an alternative tax, say on those making over $1 million a year, as a way to offset the loss of estate tax money, they want to raise the tax on all the working people.
Right

Columbus, OH

#24 Jul 27, 2011
I couldn't agree more. Our local tax system is ridiculously complex. All the recent overhaul at the state would have been a good time to take care of that.
FreeloaderFred wrote:
What we really need to do is abolish the local income tax!
It is a matrix of uncoordinated and infighting politicians trying to grab money from each other and trampling the citizens in the same act.
Most of the Income Tax offices cannot even give accurate advice on how to pay the tax - and at what rate and from what incomes. The taxes overlap, some give credit, some don't. You pay on "medicare level" earned income, not off the gross or adjusted gross or the net.
Too complicated. I'll bet that the majority are paying wrong and don't even know it. I know of contractors that won't even go into some cities because they get jerked around by the government when trying to pay everybody their income taxes due.
Far better would be to do like other states and apportion the State Income Tax according to an agreed upon formula. Look at all those layers of bureaucracy that would be eliminated - and not cost us good money any more!
Other young Bexley family

Columbus, OH

#25 Jul 27, 2011
Council membership:
Matt Lampke - AG attorney - don't think he'd benefit
Ben Kessler - appraiser - don't think he'd benefit
Rich Sharp - Bexley Beat owner - don't think he'd benefit
Jed Morison - MRDD - don't think he'd benefit much
Jeff McClelland - attorney - hard to say
Mark Masser - Masser Metals - might benefit
Rick Weber - realtor - don't think he'd benefit

I'm calling that 1.5 of 7 - not very compelling argument
young Bexley family wrote:
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I agree that council did not decide on the elimination of the estate tax. However, being familiar with the membership, the majority of the council will in some way benefit from the elimination of the estate tax. Rather than propose an alternative tax, say on those making over $1 million a year, as a way to offset the loss of estate tax money, they want to raise the tax on all the working people.
Johnny 5 Alive

Columbus, OH

#26 Jul 27, 2011
FreeloaderFred wrote:
What we really need to do is abolish the local income tax!
It is a matrix of uncoordinated and infighting politicians trying to grab money from each other and trampling the citizens in the same act.
Most of the Income Tax offices cannot even give accurate advice on how to pay the tax - and at what rate and from what incomes. The taxes overlap, some give credit, some don't. You pay on "medicare level" earned income, not off the gross or adjusted gross or the net.
Too complicated. I'll bet that the majority are paying wrong and don't even know it. I know of contractors that won't even go into some cities because they get jerked around by the government when trying to pay everybody their income taxes due.
Far better would be to do like other states and apportion the State Income Tax according to an agreed upon formula. Look at all those layers of bureaucracy that would be eliminated - and not cost us good money any more!
Thank you kindly. RITA makes no sense. Federal taxes= fairly easy. State taxes= not too bad. RITA: what?(should be the easiest tax)
Tribucks

Hilliard, OH

#27 Jul 27, 2011
The mayor and city council in Bexley have actually cut quite a bit from the budget in the last few years, eliminating unnecessary and/or redundant positions and reworking contracts in anticipation of less revenue coming from the state. The recent increase for the library was a direct result of a cut in funding from the state. This proposed income tax is another state-related issue. It's amusing to residents when people who don't live in Bexley chime in on what's "wrong" or who's at fault.
Tribucks

Hilliard, OH

#28 Jul 27, 2011
Tom Sawyer wrote:
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That's your problem for voting for EVERY school levy. If anyone wastes more money then governemnt, it's a school district. Please understand that the schools and the city are seperate entities. YOu do understand that, right?
They're separate entities but you can't have one without the other because they're both part of living in Bexley. Duh. Bexley's schools are consistently rated at the top of the entire state and it's a huge part of why Bexley is a desirable community. People are willing to pay for the schools. The taxes are the killer.
dingydougie

Richwood, OH

#29 Jul 27, 2011
This is yet another wake-up call Bexley taxpayers. How much more of your limited money do you want to transfer to your financially irresponsible and uncaring governmental officials?

Frequent incremental tax increases are the most insidious kind. They ask the unsophisticated voter every approximately 2-3 years for what at first glance seems to be a relatively little bit of money. After not so many years of these "small" increases you have an epiphany. You realize that you have unintentionally authorized your government to take so much money out of your paychecks and bank accounts that you will have no choice but to materially adjust down your already modest lifestyle.

This pattern will only stop when one of two events happen: The majority of voters wise up and steadfastly vote against each and every one of these tax increase requests or when the well runs completely dry. That is, they have literally taken all of your money from you.
Ummmm

Columbus, OH

#30 Jul 27, 2011
The city hasn't asked for new tax dollars for about a decade I think, and that was a specific street levy. Brush up outsider.
dingydougie wrote:
This is yet another wake-up call Bexley taxpayers. How much more of your limited money do you want to transfer to your financially irresponsible and uncaring governmental officials?
Frequent incremental tax increases are the most insidious kind. They ask the unsophisticated voter every approximately 2-3 years for what at first glance seems to be a relatively little bit of money. After not so many years of these "small" increases you have an epiphany. You realize that you have unintentionally authorized your government to take so much money out of your paychecks and bank accounts that you will have no choice but to materially adjust down your already modest lifestyle.
This pattern will only stop when one of two events happen: The majority of voters wise up and steadfastly vote against each and every one of these tax increase requests or when the well runs completely dry. That is, they have literally taken all of your money from you.
Johnny 5 Alive

Columbus, OH

#31 Jul 27, 2011
Tribucks wrote:
<quoted text>They're separate entities but you can't have one without the other because they're both part of living in Bexley. Duh. Bexley's schools are consistently rated at the top of the entire state and it's a huge part of why Bexley is a desirable community. People are willing to pay for the schools. The taxes are the killer.
Champion middle school down the road from Bexley is the worse middle school in Ohio. Champion spends roughly the same per pupil as we do...14K/year. Oakwood School district spends about $3k per pupil less than we do and they outperform Bexley...same demographics,size, etc. How is it that spending more makes your kid more intelligent, capable of learning? How about not paying our teachers in Bexley $72k (average salary/ to work 182 days a year/most people work 225-240). Bexley has good schools because they have good parents who are fairly intelligent, who stay married and stay heavily involved. Teachers and schools are icing on the cake, not the cake. If you think $= smarts, then...duh..it doesn't.
Tribucks

Hilliard, OH

#32 Jul 27, 2011
I agree with you that spending doesn't = smarts, but you have many of your facts wrong.
dingydougie

Richwood, OH

#33 Jul 27, 2011
Ummmm wrote:
The city hasn't asked for new tax dollars for about a decade I think, and that was a specific street levy. Brush up outsider.
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If you read my post closely, then you should have realized I was not limiting my opinion to the City only. Obviously, by referring to a 2-3 year additional revenue request cycle I was including the government School District also.

Brush up on your reading skills, insider.
Dan

Galloway, OH

#34 Jul 27, 2011
My name is John Kasich and I approve (and caused) this tax increase.

BUT I'm gonna yell at unions and give rich folks tax cuts so sheep conservatives will think I'm one of them while I grow government and give away the state assets at pennies on the dollar!

brilliant!
kblog

Hilliard, OH

#35 Jul 27, 2011
Bexley has a long history of taxing themselves for schools and services. If the majority of Bexley wants the tax increase it will pass. If it is getting too expensive, move. I did. Bexley only wants those who "can afford it" to live there-if you cannot pay you do not get to play in Bexley. Sorry young families-should have had a trust fund or significant support from mommy and daddy. I am soooo surprised you did not know that.
kblog

Hilliard, OH

#36 Jul 27, 2011
Oh and they are going to hit you up for the schools next. Bexley took a huge hit under the new budget and there has not been a peep from Bexley Schools on how the shortfall is going to be corrected. Remeber those districts that started new programs with the one time stimulous funds instead of making repairs and infrastructure imnprovements? The type of communities that thought the money would keep on rolling in?? Check the Bexley school budget. But what do you really expect from a community that used the stimulous money to correct the curbs on Parkview and beautify Fair. I was amazed the Republicans who live on those streets did not refuse the tax payer funded improvements to their properties-the Democrats-well there was a reason Strictland was not re elected and part of it had to do with those stimulous fund signs on Parkview-but I am sure that crowd still cannot see how offensive that expenditure was. tee hee
Ron

Hilliard, OH

#37 Jul 27, 2011
Informed wrote:
Yeah, you clearly haven't been following the facts of this story.
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So, Mr. Right what are the facts? Fact: The Bexley residents are taxed too high... I believe Mr. Right is the mayor of Bexley... what a butt head and his idiots on the city council! Fact: The public officals are drunk on the Bexley's taxpayers, they know only how to spend... spend... spend...
Bexley taxes

Bowling Green, OH

#38 Jul 27, 2011
What bothers me is that I still see wasted spending within the city. I know of at least two staff positions that could be done by part time employees for less than half the cost of what they are paying right now. Heck, The Economic Development Director has already applied for a job in Grove Port. Let him go, and don't replace him with a full time employee.
reality check

Pickerington, OH

#39 Jul 27, 2011
Right wrote:
Wow - name calling? Mature. So I'm sure you're not too happy then about the 1% school income tax increase you're about to be hit with then in Westerville, bringing your local tax rate to 3%. Probably a good time to move back to Bexley.
http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_ne...
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No chance, neighbors are nearly as rude in westerville.
Ron

Hilliard, OH

#41 Jul 27, 2011
kblog wrote:
Oh and they are going to hit you up for the schools next. Bexley took a huge hit under the new budget and there has not been a peep from Bexley Schools on how the shortfall is going to be corrected. Remeber those districts that started new programs with the one time stimulous funds instead of making repairs and infrastructure imnprovements? The type of communities that thought the money would keep on rolling in?? Check the Bexley school budget. But what do you really expect from a community that used the stimulous money to correct the curbs on Parkview and beautify Fair. I was amazed the Republicans who live on those streets did not refuse the tax payer funded improvements to their properties-the Democrats-well there was a reason Strictland was not re elected and part of it had to do with those stimulous fund signs on Parkview-but I am sure that crowd still cannot see how offensive that expenditure was. tee hee
Must be a obama supporter... wanting class warfare... so it hides that they are idiots!
Linda

Galloway, OH

#42 Jul 28, 2011
What are they suppose to do? Have you heard of "do without"?
Bex Resident wrote:
Not sure what else Bexley is supposed to do when Kasich cuts over 20% from their budget in order to solve his 10% deficit. The city has cut, cut, cut - make no mistake - Kasich is pushing the tax raise to local communities, esp. communities like Bexley where the estate tax provided substantial funds.

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