City Income Tax Increase Moving Forward

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Athens City Council approved an ordinance for first reading to increase the city income tax by ten hundredths percent ($.10) per year for twenty years.

The Council described the tax as a “long range planning process” that would allow broadened Arts, Park & Recreation programs.

The levy would encompass construction equipment, a new swimming pool, accessibility to playgrounds and trails, and maintenance of new Arts, Park & Recreation facilities and grounds in the city of Athens.

According to the Council, this tax would equal to $30 per person for someone reporting $30,000 worth of income.

The councy also received an update from the Athens Foundation on the annual Bounty on the Bricks event.

Tickets for the event sold out within four days. 50 people are currently on the waiting list.

Bounty on the Bricks helps raise funds for 18 food pantries in Southeast Ohio.

Last year, they raised a total of $75,000 with the help of other organizations.