MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council cites 1.1 million reasons to resist passage of Ohio House Bill 5, and if Knox County is any reflection of the sta6te at large the bill faces determined opposition during the 130th General Assembly.
Resolutions against HB5 have been issued by Mount Vernon and Gambier. Utica and Centerburg are developing similar resolutions. Danville and Fredericktown are still in fact-finding mode, but clearly concerned.
Meetings among legislators, business organizations and municipalities have produced consensus that uniformity in local income tax administration could benefit all. Businesses see HB5 as a fix for an overly complex patchwork of overlapping local regulations. But opponents see one more in a string of state policies that hit towns in their wallets. Lost revenue, increased administrative costs and erosion of local control are recurring themes.
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