Council recently hosted a public meeting on the proposed sales tax increase.
This tax hike, if approved by voters, will provide $80 million to build a basketball arena for the University of Akron. County taxpayers will be on the hook for a total of $161 million. This ballot issue raises taxes on the already taxed-out citizens of our county, puts more tax burden on those with less income, and will do little to benefit many of our communities. The U of A will be providing $0 for this project. Question: "Why should our cash-strapped county government pay for this project?" They shouldn't.
I urge all of you to contact Council and tell them to stop playing politics with our safety forces, and tell them you will not support this issue if the arena is attached. We deserve better from our leaders.