Akron income tax

photo of downtown Canton, Ohio

Canton is likely to follow the lead of nearly every other major city in the state – and many smaller ones – by asking voters to OK a hike in the city’s income tax. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, there are some differences in the Canton plan. 1

City Council will need to pass the ordinance boosting the income tax from 2 to 2.5 percent next week in order hit the Feb. 7 deadline to get it on the May ballot.

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Akron has released its spending plan for the additional money for public safety and roads raised from an income-tax increase approved by voters last year.

The increase is expected to raise $13 million this year. 

Mayor Dan Horrigan says the priorities include replacing one fire station, designing the replacement for another and repaving an additional 37 miles of road.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Jan. 22:

Ken Ball and Dan Horrigan at December 20th news conference
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron’s new police chief, Ken Ball, took the oath of office today, and talked about an overall vision for the department. He also addressed some immediate issues like staffing.

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Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron is in the final phase of its million-dollar plan to fully equip its Police Department with body cams.  At a news conference today, Acting Police Chief Kenneth Ball and Mayor Dan Horrigan said the last of the specialty camcorders are on their way from the manufacturer. 

The announcement came as the November election is nearing with the city seeking .25 percent increase in the income tax to pay for, among other things, improved police services.  Horrigan was asked about the timing.