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Income tax question heading back to ballot

In a resolution passed in regular session Tuesday, the West Liberty-Salem school board took a first step toward placing an income tax renewal on the May ballot. The renewal would raise more than $1 million for the district’s current operating expenses.

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WL-Salem schools have passed the 1 percent income tax six previous times at three-year intervals. Board members have acknowledged the long-term need to keep the levy in place and considered asking voters to approve renewing the existing income tax for, “a continuing period of time.”

In the end, they decided not to make any changes to the income tax, which would raise $1,124,402 annually if passed May 7.

The tax applies to income of individuals and estates as defined by state law, according to the resolution.

A certified copy of the resolution must be submitted to Ohio Tax Commissioner Joseph Testa’s office.

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