Columbus Income Tax Increase
I‘ll write more on this subject soon, but here is an article today showing Columbus City Council candidate Matt Ferris raising hell about the proposed .5% income tax increase. (Here is Matt’s website.)
This is fabulous news, considering that a lot of spineless and formerly-conservative Republicans are supporting the increase, in addition to the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
The statists decided to put this issue on a special ballot, in hopes that low turnout would improve its chances.
I’ve been trying to dig into this story more, but the problem is- Many entities which would benefit from the tax increase aren’t subject to the same disclosure rules as government is. Something here stinks, but there isn’t enough time to get to the bottom of it as early voting has already started.
Franklin County GOP Chairman Doug Preisse assured me that their city council candidates will soon unveil a detailed alternative plan for how the city can operate without this tax increase. That is good news, but it is ridiculous how the current Columbus leadership isn’t expected to get creative with budget cuts, too. And really, why should they? After all, they are just big city Democrats, so this sort of incompetence is expected.
One thing that stuck out in Robert Vitale’s article is that Columbus’ public relations office costs $1.6 million/year in salaries. Since it has already been done for Mayor Mike Coleman’s tax increase campaign, couldn’t the city save that money by outsourcing the rest of the city’s PR apparatus to The Columbus Dispatch?