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From the city pr department:

Monroe City Council passed legislation to seek, on the Nov. 2017 ballot, an increase in the City’s income tax rate from 1.5% to 2.0%, with a credit to residents, and their dependents, who own their home within the City.  Council has dedicated the increase to Public Safety (.35%) and Capital Improvements (.15%) in the legislation. 

Increasing the tax rate will provide the funding necessary to address the growing needs of our community.  Costs for addressing the areas in response to population growth for services and infrastructure have been outpacing our revenue, making it difficult to maintain standard levels and unfeasible to fund the other areas requested by our residents such as developing new park facilities and other amenities. 

Specifically, the directed funds for Public Safety will be utilized for the following purposes:

·         Maintain staffing levels within the Fire Department after a grant, which currently funds 7 firefighter/paramedics, expires in 2019;

·         Construct a new facility to house the Police Department;

·         Increase staffing levels within the Police Department. 

The directed funds for Capital Improvements will provide a dedicated source of revenue to insure the maintenance and further development of City Infrastructure, from roads and bridges to parks and amenities. 

The rate increase is estimated to generate $2.2M in additional revenue annually.  A breakdown of how that the revenue will be used is below.



Council has directed that the increase be voted on during the Nov. 2017 election for implementation on January 1, 2018.  If you have any questions related to the increase, please contact us at 513.360.2200 or cityhall@monroeohio.org.  Members of Council and Staff will gladly attend any gathering that you may have to further explain this ballot initiative.  

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"Monroe City Council passed legislation to seek, on the Nov. 2017 ballot, an increase in the City’s income tax rate from 1.5% to 2.0%, with a credit to residents, and their dependents, who own their home within the City. "

Ok how much credit do we get? 
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Beagle: How much credit do we get for being home owners in the city?

Councilperson Rubin: Our current tax rate is 1.5% with full credit for those who pay tax elsewhere. 
The proposed increase is .5% with a full credit for homeowners and their dependents (they are paying property taxes already).

The city needs the increase (1/2%) because:
  • The city has grown from less than 5,000 people to ~14,000 people since 1995;
  • The commercial/industrial base has greatly expanded; 
  • There was an income tax levy in 2006, and those funds have helped us keep up with growth, even through the recession and cuts made by the state; and
  • Monroe will continue to grow, with or without this levy. However, we would like to be proactive in the way we grow:
    •  by making infrastructure improvements to bring additional jobs to the area; 
    •  by ensuring that we have well-equipped and highly trained police and fire personnel; and
    •  by growing our parks and other amenities to make sure we attract high quality residential development in the future.
All of these things require capital.

The earnings tax is preferable to property tax because:
  • Earnings tax grows with increased population/business development;
  • Property tax is the main funding source for the schools;
  • There is already a full 1.5% credit (our current rate) for those who work in other cities. For example, if you work in Cincinnati, you pay income tax there and can deduct this from your Monroe bill. The only residents that pay Monroe earnings tax are those who work in a township (where there is no tax), who work in Monroe (pay 1.5%), and who work in a city with a lower rate (if they pay 1% to another jurisdiction, they would owe Monroe .5%); 
  • Non residents who work in Monroe pay the full earnings tax;
  • Earnings taxes do not affect our retirees or those on pensions;
  • The majority of the need for additional safety services and infrastructure is coming from the commercial/industrial growth. Police are needed at the mall and the industrial areas for shoplifting, etc. and accidents. Roads and bridges need to be widened, maintained and improved; and
  • Monroe residents already pay property taxes for safety services. We are asking those who are protected during the workday here and using the roads, etc. to help fund these needs.

This will not increase taxes for the majority of residents. Residents who will receive the .5% tax forgiveness (the entire cost of the levy):
  • People who own their homes (and are therefore paying property tax already for these services) will receive the credit;
  • Dependents who are also living in those homes will receive the credit;
  • Retirees and those on pensions, and others with no earnings do not pay the earnings tax anyway; and
  • Those who live here and work somewhere else will still receive the credit regardless of the tax they pay at the workplace. In the example I used above, the person who pays 1% to another jurisdiction would still only owe .5% to Monroe since the new .5% is a credit for residents.

The tax will primarily be paid by those who work here but don’t live here. Those who rent will be responsible for the additional tax if they have taxable earnings. 

The cost of the additional .5% will amount to $5 for every $1000 of earnings.
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Resolution No. 51-2017. A Resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget 
Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor. 
(Second Reading)

Mrs. Rubin moved to consider this the second reading of Resolution No. 51—2017 and have it read by 
title only; seconded by Mrs. Hale. Voice vote.  Motion carried.

The Clerk of Council read Resolution No. 51-2017 by title only.

Mrs. Rubin moved to adopt Resolution No. 51-2017; seconded by Mr. Clark. Roll call vote: seven
ayes.  Motion carried.



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Monroe City Council Minutes 
Regular Meeting of Council 
September 26, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio

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