Commissioners agree: No increase in sales tax

Published: Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:45 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Commissioners agree on one thing, no increase in sales tax for next year's budget.

Monday morning County Administrator Christian Sigman outlined three options for filling a $17.8 million budget deficit for 2013.

Plan A: No cuts to public safety, including the Sheriff's Office, Prosecutor's Office, Coroner's Office and Emergency Management. Cuts to the courts, criminal justice system, administrative departments, commissioner departments and the Board of Elections.

Plan B: Increase sales tax from 6.5% to 6.75% to generate $32 million. Use $20 million of that money to pay off the 2015 indigent care levy taking the burden off property tax payers.

Plan C: Increase sales tax from 6.5% to 6.75% to generate $32 million. Use the money to build a new jail and crime lab.

The proposed increase in Plans B and C outlined by Sigman were not well received by the commissioners.

"I do not support any increase in taxes," said Monzel.

"We're not at a point where I'm prepared to talk sales tax," said Portune.

"Raising taxes right now would be the wrong thing to do," said Hartmann.

By law the county must have a balanced budget by the end of the year. Commissioner Hartmann says he hopes to have something final by mid-November.

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