Blan earnings tax headed to ballot

By John Hamilton -

BLANCHESTER — A Village of Blanchester earnings tax will be submitted to the Clinton County Board of Elections for the November election.

During a special meeting, Blanchester Village Council approved the 1-percent earnings tax in a 4-0 vote. Council members Tyler McCollister and Lori Byrom weren’t present.

If it passes in November, the money collected will go to hiring a village administrator who will oversee the operation and activities of the village, repair roads and infrastructure, and keep and maintain a fully staffed police force.

According to the council, people such as retirees and people on disability, Social Security, and VA benefits won’t have to pay the tax. Religious, educational, and bonafide charitable organizations will not have to pay as well.

The tax will only affect those who have an earned income and it will not raise property tax.

Council member Don Gephart says that the next step is reaching out to local residents about what this will mean for the village.

By John Hamilton

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