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CROSSROADS

City of Wooster
December 2012

Reduce Services
Earned Income Tax
OR

Wooster is at a Crossroads

Citywide Meeting:

Tuesday, January 29th from 6:30-9 pm at the Red Cross Multi-Purpose Room
The City of Wooster will be holding a citywide meeting on Tuesday, January 29th from 6:30-9 pm at the Red Cross Multi-Purpose Room located at 244 West South Street in Wooster. The purpose of the meeting will be to recap all that happened at the four ward meetings in October, and inform citizens of the decision that came from those meetings to present to council a .5% increase in the earned income tax to generate new revenue to sustain city services and fund capital improvement projects. The citywide meeting will be in the same format as the ward meetings, with a presentation showing the facts as they currently are, then city officials will break off into groups, ensuring that everyones voices can be heard. The mayor will float amongst each group, answering questions that are specifically addressed to him. The city has made several cuts to offset losses in revenue, including the reduction of staff by more than 30 employees, equaling over $2 million. Despite these cuts, new revenue is needed to maintain the current level of services that citizens of Wooster are accustomed to. The need for new revenue is the result of lost city revenue due to overall state cuts, the loss of the tangible personal property tax and the loss of the estate tax.

The City of Wooster is dedicated to being open, honest and transparent. Our intention is to inform the residents regarding the current fiscal state of the city and the options we face as a community.

Possible .5% Earned Income Tax Increase


Approximately .25% of new revenue will go towards retaining services Approximately .25% of new revenue will go towards capital improvement projects New earned income tax rate would be 1.5% - still amongst the lowest in Northeast Ohio This issue will be voted on by Wooster City council in December 2012 to be placed on the May 2013 ballot. The .5% increase would cost someone earning $50,000 per year an additional $20.83 per month

Armed with the facts, the citizens will determine the future of their Wooster.

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CROSSROADS

City of Wooster
December 2012

Reduce Services
Earned Income Tax
OR

Wooster is at a Crossroads

If It Passes
Police Department response times and level of service remains at present level Police will be able to respond to quality of life calls Fire Department response times and level of service remains at present level Recreation programs will be maintained at present levels All city pools will remain open Subsidized taxi service for elderly and disadvantaged will continue Capital improvement projects, including street repair will be funded

If It Fails
Police will ONLY be able to respond to crimes in progress with slower response times overall Police Force Reduced by four officers Reduce amount of police squad cars running from six to five Fire Department response times could be significantly slower. Possible addition of 2 4 minutes per call Fire Department reduced by six firefighters All Recreation programs cut including basketball, soccer and baseball leagues Recreation Department reduced by four individuals Freedlander Pool Closes Knights Field Pool Closes Subsidy taxi service will be eliminated City Roads, equipment and infrastructure will continue to decline Snow and ice control will be reduced Park maintenance will continue to decline