John Peters

John Peters, the treasurer of the Citizens Against The 1% Income Tax Committee, was spotted near a Jackson polling location with a “vote yes to repeal tax” sign on Tuesday.

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Nov. 7 newspaper on Page A6.

JACKSON — Voters in Jackson have spoken, deciding via Tuesday’s General Election to repeal an existing 1 percent income tax in the city.

The measure appeared on the ballot by petition, stemming from a local committee calling themselves “Citizens Against The 1% Income Tax.”

During the May 8 primary election, local citizens voted down a income tax with 686 votes against the tax, and 493 votes for the tax.

Later in May, following a few special meetings, Jackson City Council passed an ordinance imposing the tax. The reported purpose of the tax was for the operation of the Jackson Police Department and it became effective on July 1, 2018. Those affected were citizens residing in or earning income within city limits.

The citizens committee argued this was “taxation without representation.”

John Peters, treasurer of the committee, told The Courier on Tuesday night that the citizens have indicated again that they are not interested in a city income tax.

Tuesday’s results were 1,316 votes in favor of repeal, and 625 votes against, according to unofficial totals provided by the Jackson County Board of Elections.

The Courier reached out to Jackson Mayor Randy Heath for comment regarding the vote.

“Obviously, it is very disappointing,” Heath said. “With every other city in Ohio assessing a tax for these services, I am not sure how we are suppose to provide them as the only city in Ohio without any taxable income for these services. I just don’t know right now.”

Peters said if city officials decide again to impose an income tax, the committee would again pursue a petition to oppose it.

In other area levy news, voters in Wellston passed a 1-mill, 5-year renewal tax levy for cemetery services. The levy received 785 votes in favor and 661 votes against.

Voters living in Madison and Jefferson Twps. also passed a 2-mill, 5-year renewal levy for fire protection. The levy received 768 votes in favor and 316 votes against.

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