Cops Vs. Schools: Clevelanders Will Vote In Nov.

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Cleveland, Ohio, voters are likely to decide in November whether they want to raise the city’s income tax to bring back police and firefighters who were laid off this year, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The city’s police union says it has collected more than enough signatures to get an income-tax increase proposal on the Nov. 2 ballot. The union wants to raise the income tax from 2 percent to 2.25 percent, generating about $31 million. The tax on wages is paid by everyone who works in Cleveland, regardless of where they live, but only city residents would vote on the increase. “We’ve been well received in all four corners of the city,” said union President Bob Beck. “The citizens of this city will recognize that we don’t have enough officers, which they deserve and need.”

Mayor Jane Campbell’s staff criticized the police union, saying an income-tax issue could hurt the schools. The city plans to place a property-tax hike on the November ballot for the cash-strapped school district. “They are going to make people choose in the fall between a tax for cops and a tax for kids,” said David Fitz, Campbell’s spokesman. “It’s unfortunate they’re pitting the two against each other.”


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