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MONROEVILLE Myth: Monroeville's income tax affects a person's pension and Social Security. Fact: It only affects a person's earned income.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

MONROEVILLE Myth: Monroeville's income tax affects a person's pension and Social Security.

Fact: It only affects a person's earned income.

"There's a lot of myths and a lot of confusion as to who pays and who doesn't," village administrator Josh Eggleston said. "We want to debunk some of those myths."

Village officials are trying to do so ahead of a proposed one-half percent income tax increase on November's ballot. It will mark the second time in as many years officials ask Monroeville voters to approve a one-half percent income tax proposal.

Last year's measure failed 292 to 140, or 68 percent to 32 percent. Had it passed, the measure would have raised about $240,000 annually for various village services.

Monroeville enacted its current 1-percent income tax in 1986. It has never increased, according to village councilman Robert Simon in a letter to the Reflector.

"Even though the percentage has not gone up, the amount of revenue the village collects climbs," countered a resident responding online to Simon's letter. "I mean, if you made for example $30,000 back in 1986 you paid $300 or 1 percent to the village. Now if you make $40,000 you pay $400. So the village makes more money."

Village Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie Beck said the village also depends, for example, on local government revenue assistance from the state. However, after 9/11, state officials placed a freeze on those funds, and have yet to lift it.

The village instituted a wage freeze in 2004, and since that time has not enacted a wage increase larger than 25 cents an hour, Beck said.

"I can't remember the last time we added a new position," Beck added.

"We've tried to stay above water in the last few years and now we have some capital improvements catching up to us," Eggleston said.

Beck said interest rates have plummeted from nearly six percent to one percent and haven't topped 4 1/2 percent since 9/11.

"That's revenue that you count on to put toward your expenditures," she said.

Street paving, sewer work, building maintenance, and the ability to receive grant money has suffered, Simon said. While the village cut services in the wake of last year's levy's failure, more could be on the way, he added.

An alternative to an income tax increase would be special assessments to property owners. The village would added them to real estate taxes home owners now pay.

"If that would happen, many of our older retired residents would be forced to sell their homes," Simon said. "They would not be financially able to pay the special assessments."

Comments

joe (Anonymous)

Just like the schools , this is a problem. You know the real solution? Jobs that pay real wages. Try to find them. Unfortunately this is a nation wide problem. Get ready America - it will get worse until people working get a living wage that helps with tax situations.

Re:Joe (Anonymous)

If you need to make more $ because of taxes then taxes are way too high. Our federal gov't spends 2.5+ trillion dollars.If people wonder why there is so much money spent in politics it's because of that big pot at the end in Washington DC. Ohio just raised their income tax as well. Monroevilee could use some new facilities but I can understand their position.

again? (Anonymous)

If you would knowingly put a special assessment on property owners,& know that some residents would be forced to sell their homes because they could not afford that, then what kind of village would do that to their people?Come on Monroeville!What about cutting some wages?I have read that there have been wage increases for some workers, even though some other letters have stated there have not been.Stories have conflicted already!Also; what about having some{on call people}.When a job only calls for 1 or 2 guys for 3hrs. worth of work, why pay extra for that guy just standing around & watching the other one work?Money is tight around here.Furthermore, I have lived here a very long time & not once has my leaves or my neighbors yard debris ever been picked up!My employer cut my wage & my insurance coverage about 2 years ago!And I do not make near the kind of money that people in the same line of work as me, in other cities make.It's depressing!But I suck it up, because I know that I'm lucky to even have a job around here!I eat a lot less,I don't go out to eat,I cannot even afford to have family over to my house at holidays anymore, the cost of food adds up!And I'm trying to eat better for my health.I'm strict with my money, because I have the "normal bills"nothing frivilous!I need a more dependable car, but I cannot afford one at this point in my life!My wallet is thin enough,& they want more!Maybe they should extend the city limits out farther!That would help a lot more!