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¼% Income Tax Increase To Fund Police, Fire/EMS, And StreetsWednesday November 8, 2017

Today the City of Akron took a significant step toward a stronger, more stable future. Akron voters approved Issue 4 – an amendment to the Charter of the City of Akron, which imposes an additional ¼% income tax to fund police, fire/EMS protection and roadway improvements in the City of Akron.

The additional tax will take effect January 1, 2018, and is expected to raise approximately $16 million per year. These additional funds will help to replace lost revenue from the state, and allow the City to make long-awaited and much-needed improvements to the City’s public safety and roadway infrastructure. Mayor Horrigan has made clear his intention to divide these new funds roughly equally between police, fire/EMS, and streets each year.

“Providing outstanding essential services is the foundation of any city poised for growth – and Akron aims to grow,” Mayor Horrigan said after results were announced Tuesday.  “Issue 4 will give us much-needed resources to ensure Akron’s core business and neighborhoods remain strong.”

Mayor Horrigan thanked the community partners, campaign co-chairs, union leaders, and volunteers who helped make the Issue 4 campaign a success.

“We are thankful for the outcome tonight; but there are no victory laps. We are grateful that Akron voters understand that Issue 4 is about setting the stage for a strong, safer, more stable Akron for this and future generations. The results of this election show that the community has trust in our City leadership, public safety forces, and the neighborhood champions who endorsed Issue 4.”

“As City leaders, we now have a lot of hard work ahead of us and important promises to keep about making the very best use of these funds to improve the services that matter most to our residents. As I pledged during the campaign, we will be open and transparent with our community on how this new revenue is invested back into police, fire, EMS, and roads.”

Looking to the future, Mayor Horrigan reiterated his commitment to improving efficiency and utilizing new technology and best practices to continue to streamline City operations and improve customer service at every level.

“Even with Issue 4, we must continue to innovate and evolve the way the City does business. My administration will stay focused on crafting a City government that’s efficient, responsive, and adaptable to present-day challenges and opportunities.” 

“As I’ve said many times before; Akron is in the midst of a renaissance.  We have vast reservoirs of energy, talent, and goodwill; and through responsible and collaborative leadership I am confident that our potential is almost limitless.”

“Tonight I thank the Akron people for their willingness to invest in our community and to believe in the incredible potential of our shared future."