Several new issues will be on the ballot for voters in Defiance County on Tuesday.
One is a 0.3 percent permanent income tax increase request for police and fire services.
If approved, the tax increase would generate approximately $1.4 million annually, and could only be used for police and fire expenses. This would also take pressure off the city’s general fund which is used to operate many municipal functions.
Approval would increase the city’s income tax rate from 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent.
Also on the ballot in Defiance is an issue filed by persons opposed to constitutional protections for corporations where political campaigns are concerned.
If approved, it would make new requirements upon the mayor and Defiance City Council, such as hosting a public meeting every two years to discuss “the impact of money on the democratic process.”