HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Just hours before the polls were set to open on Election Day, Huber Heights’ mayor wasn’t sure if he’d support the city’s levy.
Issue 19 calls for a .25-percent increase in the income tax to prevent significant cuts to police, fire and EMS.
At a city council meeting in October, City Manager Rob Schommer said the city was at a crossroads. Without the levy, Schommer said the city will run out of funds by next year.
In a blog post Sunday, Huber Heights Mayor Tom McMasters called the wording on the ballot “deceptive.”
“The key thing to remember is that even if this levy passes, a lot of money comes out of the General fund to pay for police and fire. If we made council be honest then we would be pressing Council to commit to not spending more than what this levy frees up on things like running the Aquatic and Music Centers. By allowing them to pretend that this levy only [affects] police and fire funds then it allows them to spend more out of the General Fund. If they spend too much out of the General Fund then they will still have to cut Police and Firefighters in order to get a balanced budget,” he wrote.
McMasters also said that he is inclined to vote yes on Issue 2, the school district levy. But he said he doesn’t believe he can support one issue without supporting the other.
You can read McMasters’ blog here.