Thursday, October 7, 2004

Union council opposes city tax repeal

Cincinnati issue on Nov. 2 ballot

The Enquirer

The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council announced its opposition Tuesday to a charter amendment that would phase out the city's 5-mill property tax by 10 percent a year over 10 years.

The Labor Council said Issue 4 on the Nov. 2 ballot would impair the city's ability to deliver basic services to citizens such as police and fire protection and could jeopardize some city jobs.

Labor officials said the owner of a $100,000 home would save just $15 a year if the tax is repealed, but it would cost the city nearly $30 million in revenue.

Labor Council officials said they are looking for allies to defeat the measure.

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