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Decision 2014: Union Local board wants income tax

Updated: Monday, May 5 2014, 05:51 PM EDT

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- The Union Local School District is asking for an earned income tax of one half percent for 5 years.
While it does not sound appealing to many people, it is meant to help residents financially.
Board members decided this income tax would provide resources needed to make improvements and upgrades to the schools, at the same time not increase financial burdens to residents.
"As everybody knows for many years the school funding’s been a real issue in the state of Ohio, “Union Local School District Superintendent Dog Thoburn said. “Four times the State Supreme Court found our current formula unconstitutional. So this year when the board looked at our needs, they really tried to evaluate, what’s the fairest tax that we could put forward to the community that would not the burden on property owners? For years property owners have carried a burden of supporting schools."
The main reason for the earned income tax?
"We wanted to protect our senior citizens,” Thoburn said. “An earned income tax only taxes income from earned income which is W2 reported income from a job or from investments or from partnerships or farm income. It does not tax social security, does not tax retirement."
So where will the money go?
“To permanent improvements in the district,” Thoburn said. “Permanent improvements are things that are outlined in law that have a life expectancy of 5 years or more. For instance, school buses, textbooks, computer technology, those kinds of things, improvements on the buildings."
Their No. 1 priority is to address the technology needs in the district because of the upcoming state requirement to do online testing.
Thoburn said he knows most people don't want to walk into a voting poll and vote themselves additional taxes, but it will make a major impact on student’s education.
“You know until the state steps up to the plate and our lawmakers step up to the plate and really address the issue of school funding, the only choice we have is to go to the local community and ask for the voters,” Thoburn said. “So I would sit here right now and say I’m asking the voters of the Union Local School District to please support this issue. It’s an investment in our school district, investment in our children, which in turn is an investment in our future."
If the income tax passes, it will appear as a payroll deduction from Jan 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2019.


Decision 2014: Union Local board wants income tax


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