WAKEMAN The village is asking voters to approve a five-year continuation of the 1 percent income tax, which is currently in effect but expires at the end of December. It is on the ballot as an emergency, so if it passed, there will be no break in collection.
In 2008, 43 percent of the general operating budget came from this tax, and council members call it "essential" to keep the village running smoothly.
Council members point out that money from the tax helped pay for the recent culvert project on West River Road, and $50,000 of the money was used on the water tower project.
Senior citizens on fixed incomes do not pay the tax. However, if it fails, they and everyone else will be affected because water rates will have to rise to pay for water line replacement and repairs.