Election 2022: Wapak voters invited to renew the income tax levy

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WAPAKONETA — The town of Wapakoneta is asking voters to extend a 0.5% income tax levy to repair aging roads, which will continue for five years if approved by voters on May 3.

The income tax, which was first passed by voters in 2018 in addition to the city’s existing 1% income tax, generated approximately $1.5 million in revenue for residents. local road projects last year, said Michael Brillhart, director of public safety for Wapakoneta.

These revenues are combined with state and federal grants to repair and replace aging infrastructure in Wapakoneta, where many roads are nearly a century old. In contrast, a good road can last 20 to 30 years, Brillhart said.

The city’s annual grinding and paving program is expected to start seven or eight projects this year, with several already under construction along portions of Silver Street, W. Benton Street and county roads outside the industrial hub , according to Brillhart.

Wapakoneta’s total tax burden is 1.5%, including a 1% income tax enacted in 2002 to support general city operations and services and the addition of income tax of 0, 5% introduced in 2018 for street repairs.

The city’s income tax rate will remain at 1.5% if voters approve the 0.5% income tax renewal.

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