What cuts has the city already made, prior to the discussion of the earned income tax?

Since 2008, the City has had a reduction of more than $13.7 million in revenue due to governmental changes. That includes.25% reduction in earnings tax and elimination of the local government funding from the State. In addition, the effects of the economy has provided an additional loss of $8million of revenue. Since 2008. The City has managed the $22 million reduction in revenue by operational cuts over the past 6 years; averaged to over $3.6 million per year. Today, the City is operating at the same budget request dollars as 2008 and is in fact maintaining more with less. There has only been an overall 1.6% increase in the budget since 2008 while managing the $22 million reduction in revenue, increased operational costs (not expenditures), and maintaining acceptable service levels. After making significant operational cuts and reductions of over 20 full time personnel through attrition, the City has been subsidizing the cost of safety and city services from the reserve fund at an average of $2 million per year. Even considering the significant cuts made in the past 6 years, and while maintaining the current service levels, the cost of those service levels is higher than the revenue brought in. Here are the differences from 2009 through 2014 (budgeted) of revenue brought in versus the cost of current operations:

  • 2009 - $2.8 million
  • 2010 - $1.4 million
  • 2011 - $3.2 million
  • 2012 - $2.8 million
  • 2013 - $2 million
  • 2014 - $2.5 million (budgeted)

At the end of 2015, it is projected the City will not be able to fund a 2016 budget at the current operational service levels; therefore an increase in revenue is needed, or a reduction in personnel and services will take place.

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1. What is the state of the city’s financial situation?
2. Why hasn’t the city informed the residents of this financial situation?
3. If the city knew it was spending its cash reserves, why is the music center being built?
4. How was the construction contract for the music center awarded?
5. How does the cost of our music center compare to the one built in Cincinnati?
6. What is the projected economic development impact of the music center?
7. What will the music center’s impact on our city’s safety services be?
8. Why did the city opt to do a phone poll/why was I not called?
9. Where can I view specific information regarding the city’s financial status?
10. If the city is forced to reduce safety and city services, what specifically will be cut?
11. Why is the city saying that they won’t build the new firehouse unless they are able to raise new revenue when the funds for the firehouse were passed in a previous tax issue?
12. Why is the city talking about raising taxes instead of making do with less money?
13. What exactly is taxed in an earned income tax?
14. Are you proposing a temporary or permanent earned income tax?
15. What cuts has the city already made, prior to the discussion of the earned income tax?
16. What was the recent action City Council passed about putting a tax levy on the ballot?
17. How can I participate in having my voice heard by city officials?
18. I understand the city is getting ready to negotiate new labor contracts for all the union workers in Huber Heights. Who will be representing the taxpayers in these negotiations of the new contracts?
19. When does the city expect to receive the $1.8 million check from DEC company that was presented to the City?
20. Can the city explain the use of the Emergency Clause that seems to be used for legislative actions taken by the City?
21. What will the official ballot language be for Issue 9?