Photo of Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei

Canton City Council is expected to decide tonight  whether to go to voters in May to hike the city’s income tax by half a percent. 

Sixty percent of the $11.5 million the tax is expected to raise would be devoted to economic development in the five core areas identified in the city’s comprehensive plan two years ago. Mayor Tom Bernabei says that includes near northwest neighborhoods leading from downtown to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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.

Ohio Means Jobs office in Canton
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Union Metal in Canton gave 300-plus workers the word last month that the plant is closing for good this month, and they’re all out of work. Ohio is offering a special set of information sessions to help the employees find something new.

Photo of the winter weather in Northeast Ohio.
Michael Bratton / WKSU

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