ELYRIA - The city of Elyria is holding a fundraiser for the 0.5-percent income tax that will need to be renewed during the November election for the city to continue to operate efficiently.
ELYRIA — The city of Elyria is holding a fundraiser for the 0.5-percent income tax that will need to be renewed during the November election for the city to continue to operate efficiently.
The fundraiser will be held Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 100 Wittenberg Ave. at the Vic Janowicz Memorial Park. In case of rain, the festivities will move to the South Recreation Center on 16th Street in Elyria.
The festivities will include entertainment, children games, food and a silent auction. The Elyria Fire Department and Police Department also will participate in a softball game at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 a person and children 12 and under get in free. Food will be available for purchase including beer and soft drinks. For tickets, call John Farrell at 440-365-2489.
The failure of Issue 54 in November left the city unable to put income tax renewals or additions on primary or special election ballots. Brinda has said that the city will need to replace the expiring temporary income tax. If the city is unable to pass it, the city will lose $6 million over five years. The income tax represented 64 percent of the 2012 budget.
The renewal will not cost taxpayers anything additional and will generate $6 million a year for five years. The tax money is crucial to the basic operations of the city, Brinda has said.
The tax is set to expire June 2014.