Ashtabula County Sales Tax Increase (May 2010)

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There was a Ashtabula County Sales Tax Increase measure on the May 4 ballot in Ashtabula County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 5,202
  • NO 11,825 Defeatedd

The petition and move to put this sales tax to another vote in November has also been halted by county officials.[1]

This measure sought to increase the county sales tax by .5 percent to make it 1.5 percent that the county would receive from sales taxes collected in the county. A referendum was also being petitioned in order to get this sales tax for a vote in November, but the county council decided to be proactive and put the issue on the May ballot for voters to decide on. The tax would have been increased on April 1 so even if the measure fails in May, the county would still be able to collect a few months of increased revenues. Petitioners are still garnering signatures in the hope that if they get the needed amount they could stop the tax from being implemented in April. It is still unclear what would be done if that happened.[2] Other citizens had called for the increase in the sales tax in order to keep funding at its current level. The call by citizens was why the council took initiative to put this on the May ballot. Not all of the council members agreed that an increase was needed, few thought that the citizens did not need a further tax burden. But the measure was still able to be approved.[3]