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Summit voters will find out tonight if sales tax is on November ballot
Despite no decisions being made, about a dozen people at the first public hearing on June 2nd spoke in favor of it 
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A decision will be made tonight whether to put a one-quarter-percent sales tax increase on the voter's ballot this fall.
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Summit County Council is expected to decide at tonight’s meeting whether to put a proposed hike in the sales tax on the November ballot. 

Council member Frank Comunale says he’s not sure what his vote will be or which way council will go.

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“I’m still talking to constituents. This issue has created significant opinion, favorable and negative about the consequences of it. You like to see outcomes that have a positive impact, but because this is a sale’s increase many citizens are concerned about it.”

Council is considering a quarter percent hike to pay for jail operations, raises and dispatching. The jail is the most expensive of the county’s operations and is more than two decades old. Comunale says maintenance costs are staggering.

But some of the money will also go toward an arena in downtown Akron. The concern among a few people who attended two public hearings is that they don’t think an arena is necessary. 

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This is an unfair tax that people do not wish to pay at this time.


Posted by: Susan Lucky (Sagamore Hills) on June 16, 2014 10:06AM
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