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Bill Would Block Counties From Levying New Taxes Without A Vote Allowing It

State Rep. Niraj Antani
State Rep. Niraj Antani

A Republican state lawmaker who backed a failed attempt to overturn a county tax levy wants to make it tougher for counties to raise taxes. 

Opponents of a sales tax increase on Montgomery County tried and failed to take a repeal to the ballot. So Rep. Niraj Antani says he’s proposing a bill requiring county commissioners get voter approval to raise taxes in the first place.

“This is about empowering the people. This isn’t about……look, I’m against all tax increases. I could have sponsored a bill that would have disallowed any more tax increases but I thought the fair and responsible thing was to at least say that the people should have a voice in whether a tax is raised or not," Antani says.

Counties say they’re capped on how much they can hike taxes, but they need the ability to raise taxes to fund mandated services, especially after losing state revenue in recent years. 

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.