Avon Income Tax Up 13%, Avon Lake's 6.7%

16 of 18 Ohio Patch communities saw 2012 income tax collections surpass 2011 figures

Correction: The information in bold has been corrected.

Rising income tax collections and falling unemployment rates suggest local economies are slowly rebounding in Northeast Ohio, at least for some communities.

Avon saw a whopping increase of 13 percent, due in part to the opening in late 2011 of the Richard E. Jacobs Cleveland Clinic center, which amounted to more than $400,000, according to Avon Finance Director Bill Logan.

Avon Lake saw a gain of 6.7 percent.

A review of income tax collections for 2012 and 2011 in 18 Northeast Ohio Patch communities shows only one of the municipalities saw a drop in income tax revenue, Brecksville, while just one community saw income tax returns remain flat: Solon.

The remaining 16 communities saw an increase in the revenue source they depend on most for police staffing, water service, street repair and other basic government services.

An uptick in income tax revenue coincides with steady declines in unemployment rates for the Ohio counties Patch covers: Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, Lake and Stark.

Ohio's statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked down from 6.9 percent in October to 6.7 percent in December, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Total Income Tax Collections for Ohio Patch Communities

Community 2012 2011 Percent Change Avon $11,644,477 $10,262,606  + 13.5
Avon Lake $9,955,996.
$9,332,543 +  1.06
Brecksville $14,441,228 $14,710,595   - 1.8
Beachwood $27,640,037 $24,056,637  + 14.8
Cleveland Heights $22.4 million
$19.2 million
 + 16.7 Cuyahoga Falls $19.4 million $18.6 million  + 4.3
Fairlawn $9,562,876 $9,254,431
 + 3.3
Kent $12,063,299 $10,711,766  + 12.6 Lakewood $19.25 million $18.8 million 
 + 2.4
Mentor $36.1 million $33.2 million  + 8.7 North Canton $6,185,739 $5,969,366  + 3.6
Shaker Heights $21,099,130 $20,643,570  + 2.2
Solon *$39.5 million
$39.5 million  +/- 0.0
Stow $13,564,115 $12,802,708  + 5.9
Strongsville $29,074,716 $27,896,316  + 4.2
Twinsburg $23.1 million $19.9 million  + 16.1
Westlake $21,384,693 $20,052,362  + 6.7

Source: all information was provided by the individual municipality's finance dept.
*Solon's 2012 figures are not final and are estimated.

Bill Bishop January 28, 2013 at 06:20 PM
So, c'mon you Avon Lakers, vote YES for the emergency school levy in May. Our taxes had the lowest increase in the area and it's for our kids and home value!
Buck98 January 29, 2013 at 12:43 AM
No chance
Unknown January 29, 2013 at 09:03 PM
It's really sad that some voters still don't realize what could happen to education in Avon Lake if this levy is not passed in May.
Buck98 January 30, 2013 at 01:23 AM
It is also just as sad that some are so willing to keep handing over their hard earned cash whenever the government or school board comes a calling. Sheep will follow. Trying looking at how much you turn over to these people each year.


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