I don't believe there is anyone in the village of Wakeman who does not feel that we need to have an income for the village council to appropriate money to keep our village in working condition.
Anyone of us who is running a household or renting knows that there has to be some kind of income to pay the electric, gas, water, etc. There are always maintenance issues, whether you own or you rent, the same in the village.
Last year the village voted at a general election not to renew the village income tax. Some say they were confused by the school tax. The mayor rushed to impose the tax that was just voted down because the village needs an income in order to exist. Yes, there is some money coming in from other sources but the Local Government Tax reimbursement from the state is declining as well as other sources of income. The county is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
They imposed this tax that was voted down and the referendum started. Once the mayor and council got wind that this was happening, they took a step back. They said they will put the tax on hold for just one year and come back to the voters.