Residents vote to keep their paychecks
1743 voted against the Maple Heights Income tax increase, while 1105 residents voted for the tax to be increased. If the levy had passed it would have increased the current income tax from 2.5% to 3%, which would have tied Maple Heights with a few other cities for the highest income tax rate in the state. About 50% of the regular voters are retired and would not have been effected by the increase because it is only on earned income a fact Mayor Lansky touted in his mailer two weeks ago:
Maple Heights residents on Social Security, Disability, or Public Assistance would pay nothing, while others pay the income tax through their employer withholding.
Councilman Brownlee also distributed a mailer asking for fiscal responsibility and for city hall to adjust to the “new normal” with a plan. Councilman Brownlee isn’t alone. In a 2005 interview with Maple Heights Press, then candidate Ron Jackson, now District 4 Councilman, said
we need someone to do some short, medium and long-term financial planning.
A Council meeting is scheduled for tonight at the Maple Heights Senior Center (map) starting with a caucus at 6:30 PM. There will be a time for citizen comments during the meeting which starts at 7 PM.
Barnes Defeats Zimon Despite Support for Zimon from Maple Heights Officials
While Councilman Trojanski, Councilwoman Jones, Council President Albers and Mayor Lanksy endorsed Zimon she still received 200 less Maple Heights supporters than Representative Barnes. In the entirety of District 12 Barnes won the democratic vote by over 900 votes.
Kenny Yuko, a familiar face around Maple Heights, won the democratic vote for State Senate 25th District with almost twice as many votes as his nearest competitor. The “Sin Tax” passed receiving 56% of voters support.
We will have complete election results up this evening.