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Another Taxpayer Revolt

July 26, 2009 at 8:58 pm Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

This one is in Allen County, where petitions are being circulated to put a Republican-supported county sales tax increase increase before voters.

The Lima news provided details:

LIMA — It took less than 24 hours after county commissioners approved an increase to the county’s sales tax to get the referendum process moving.

Ben Diepenbrock, a former Allen County auditor and current clerk of Lima Municipal Court, met with reporters on the county courthouse steps Friday afternoon to unveil his plan to stop the 0.5 percentage-point addition to the sales tax.[...]

Diepenbrock is gathering volunteers to help gather the mass of signatures needed to get the referendum on the November ballot. And because the commissioners approved two separate ordinances, one for a sales tax increase and a second for a use tax increase, the group will have to push two referendums. That means they will need to collect signatures from a minimum of 3,623 registered Allen County voters for each referendum.[...]

The commissioners passed the sales tax increase Thursday after weeks of deliberation and two public hearings. The vote split the commission — Republicans Dan Reiff and Sam Bassitt voted for the tax, independent Greg Sneary opposed it.

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  1. Phil
    July 30th, 2009 at 23:25 | #1

    It is not a good thing when additional taxes are imposed during a recession. Even more embarrassing is when Rebublicans impose an added tax on the general public. I reckon they have forgotten their tax base. Get it, spend it, and ask for more. Gov't at its best.. Lower taxes allows the people to spend more. What is so hard to understand about that basic concept?

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