December 19, 2014

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Elyria voters approve income tax renewal

Richard Jackson Human Resource Director watches as Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka gets a victory hug from Mayor Holly Brinda after Issue 5 passed. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Richard Jackson Human Resource Director watches as Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka gets a victory hug from Mayor Holly Brinda after Issue 5 passed. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A 0.5 percent income tax renewal supporting city operations passed Tuesday night with overwhelming support, something Mayor Holly Brinda attributed to voter trust in the current direction of the city.

“I am humbled and pleased voters appear to see we are trying to use tax dollars effectively and efficiently,” she said Tuesday night.

The issue passed with 5,936 votes in favor of renewal and 2,932 votes against, or 67 percent to 33 percent, according to unofficial election results.

She and several dozen city employees watched election results streamed in to Wolfey’s Bistro and Pub on East Broad Street. It was a joyous affair, in contrast to the tough campaign.

“We literally had hundreds of volunteers, both employees and citizens,” Brinda said. “This was all about the singular message that providing city services is vital to the city’s future.”

The income tax generates roughly $6 million for the city. The renewal does not result in any additional dollars each time it goes before voters, but that does not mean it is not needed in the city.

Going forward, Brinda said the city still will have a lot of work to do to stay atop of its finances. Her administration will continue to look for savings everywhere it can and implement cost-saving measures gleaned from the recommendations of the state performance audit conducted early this year.

“We will continue to work as team to secure Elyria’s future,” she said.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.