Bill Todd vs. the Columbus Income Tax Hike Proposal
From the Issue 1 Campaign PR Firm Columbus Dispatch:
If Columbus truly needs more money to keep police and firefighters on the job, officials should promise to dedicate all the money from a proposed tax increase to public safety, a leading opponent said yesterday.
Instead, the estimated $90 million to $100 million from higher income taxes “can be for anything the cronies at City Hall want,” said Bill Todd, a former mayoral candidate who now heads the anti-tax group Basics First.[...]
Todd [...] called the tax proposal a blank check for city leaders with no guarantee it would go toward the things they promise, such as reconvening classes for police and fire recruits, reopening 11 recreation centers, and restoring weekly yard-waste pickup citywide.
He said levying higher taxes on people who work in the city would only chase away jobs and residents.
“For us to raise taxes is hanging up a red-letter sign saying Ohio is closed for business,” he said. “It’s the last thing we ought to do to poor, hardworking Ohioans in the middle of a recession.”
It is always fascinating to watch The Dispatch carefully write about the Columbus income tax hike debate and bury opposing viewpoints deep within its pages, as its passage would greatly benefit their publisher: John Wolfe.
Mayor Mike Coleman, instead of doing the work of a responsible leader by tightening the city’s belt, wants to confiscate more income from people who work in Columbus. It is disgraceful, and I’m glad to see Bill Todd out there speaking the truth about Columbus’ entrenched special interests.