August 22, 2014

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Vermilion passes first ever income tax; money will go to repair roads

VERMILION — Mayor Eileen Bulan could barely contain her excitement Tuesday night after news that a proposed income tax increase passed — the first income tax increase she said the city has approved, ever.

The city put a similar proposal on the ballot last year, but it was turned down by voters. Bulan said she believed the proposal passed because the money from this proposal would be used solely for road repair — not put into the city’s General Fund as last proposed.

Bulan credited an election committee’s hard work for the passage as well.

“We’re very, very excited,” she said. “… This is a big win for Vermilion.”

According to unofficial voting results, 75 percent of Lorain County and Erie County voters approved the tax increase, with 1,272 people voting for the increase and 421 people voting against it.

The 0.5 percent income tax increase for Vermilion residents who work in the city would be a permanent raise, and it would raise approximately $500,000 annually, according to the city’s finance director. A taxpayer earning $50,000 per year would pay $250 extra annually.

Bulan said many of the city’s roads are in bad shape, and she believed the voters recognized the importance of fixing the problem spots.

“I think people really wanted to see their roads fixed,” she said. “We have a lot of very, very bad streets.”

Bulan thanked the voters for supporting the city, and she said she will sit down next week to iron out which roads will be fixed first.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.