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Does Avon Lake Need Another Tax Increase?: Letter

Former Avon Lake mayor says plenty of money in rainy day fund.

Editor's note: The following commentary was submitted by K.C. Zuber, the mayor of Avon Lake from 2008-20012.

To the Editor:

In 2012 the and even a former councilman predicted fiscal disaster for Avon Lake if the citizens did not pass a tax increase. Numerous city programs would end. Branch pickup would end, amongst others, if we did not increase taxes.

Did you know the City of Avon Lake in 2012 received an increase of $900,000 over what was budgeted in income tax? Just under $10 million, only a few dollars short of the annual income tax record set in 2007. The City of Avon Lake also received a windfall of over $300,000 by making you pay more for trash pickup. The city received over $1.2 million dollars more than budgeted. That amount is more than double the tax increase.

The city’s “rainy day fund,” a combination of the unencumbered cash reserves of the general fund and income tax transfer fund, was projected to be just over $4 million at the end of 2012. Now that all the final numbers are in, it exceeds 6.4 $million.

Did we need a tax increase or just more prudent financial
management?

KC Zuber

Avon Lake

A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake February 27, 2013 at 04:51 PM
People are taxed out! Below is just a sampling of the taxes I pay annually, only to be reminded over and over again I am not paying my "fair share." We continually hear the politicians speaking of "shared sacrifice." I have sacrificed and shared to the point it has put my own financial security in jeopardy. My tax dollars have gone to pay union dues to the NEA, who endorse candidates with no intentions of curbing spending. A tax dollar is a tax dollar and unfortunately for the schools, this is one which the voters have the power not to have forced upon them. I will protect my financial future, not because I do not want to help, but rather because I no longer can. Federal, State, City Income Tax.
 Medicare & Social Security payroll tax @ 7.65% of wages.
 Federal Unemployment Tax
 State Business & Occupation Tax State Unemployment Insurance.
 State Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
 Business Licenses for all states, cities and counties in which business is conducted.
 Transportation taxes . Personal property tax.
 Real property tax.
 Taxes and surcharges on business air travel Taxes on hotels Taxes on rental cars (over 30%) Capital Gains Tax
 Corporate Income Tax
 Gasoline Tax (46.4 cents per gallon)
 Telephone : federal excise tax
, federal universal service fee tax, federal, state and
local surcharge taxes, minimum usage surcharge tax, recurring and non-recurring charges tax, state and local tax
 Plus many, many more. Enough is enough!
william February 27, 2013 at 07:20 PM
" My tax dollars have gone to pay union dues to the NEA, who endorse candidates with no intentions of curbing spending." i dont understand this comment.
Citizens against Former Mayors March 01, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Karl - you are shooting yourself in the foot for a bid for re-election. See if you can follow me here. You said "Did you know the City of Avon Lake in 2012 received an increase of $900,000 over what was budgeted in income tax? Just under $10 million, only a few dollars short of the annual income tax record set in 2007" Your were mayor from 2008-2012. The City was in it's best financial shape in 2007 and 2012. Your words not mine. So it seems like we spotted the bad apple of finance. Its YOU! My powers of deduction have diminished over the years but it seems to me when you were Mayor - we were in the worst financial shape in our 20 year history. I am Glad Mayor Zilka was able to clean up your mess and get us back in the black. You are a stuttering, stumbling fool who needs to move far south of here and take your shenanigans with you!
AvonLaker1234 March 03, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Regarding the school levy and the term "emergency"... It is a legal term for these type of levies it is not a scare tactic. Please do your homework before you make statements - you clearly don't understand the facts.
AvonLaker1234 March 03, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Perhaps it time you move?

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