Another Taxpayer Revolt
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.