Eliminating Toledo Income Tax - by Jim Moody

One of the biggest obstacles Toledo has in attracting businesses and wage earners to this city is the income taxes charged. As long as Toledo has one of the highest income tax rates in the region, businesses will continue to go to other counties and townships and states. As long as Toledo continues to have one of the highest income taxes in the region, well paid wage earners will continue to flee the city. The proof is quite evident in the growth of Wood County and in our suburbs. For Toledo to attract new business to our area, for employees to want to live in our neighborhoods, and for us to be able to continue to offer safety services, Toledo must change its tax structure..

Our goal is to eliminate the income tax in the city of Toledo by 2013 and start by eliminating the ‘temporary' ¾% income tax by mid 2011. The benefits of this proposal include the following:

Help Increase Toledo's bond rating
Better protect our seniors by insuring basic safety services are maintained
Better protect our schools
Encourage wage earners to stay in within the city limits
Encourage businesses to locate within the city limits
Eliminate reason businesses go to the suburbs.

To achieve these goals, we propose that the following procedures be phased in over a 3-year period.

First...place a ballot initiative that partially offsets the loss of income tax by adjusting property millage, all the while being sure to exempt senior citizens. If necessary, we will include State Representatives in Columbus for assistance.

Second...Working with our elected county officials; enact a consumption fee of approximately ½ of 1%.

Third...Again, by working with our elected officials I propose a gas surcharge of approximately 1 penny per gallon of gasoline sold.

Fourth...adjust the hotel bed tax.

This elimination of income tax applies only to residents of Toledo. It does not exempt residents living outside the city who work in the city.

This proposal is not a new tax. This proposal fundamentallydoes not increase taxes. It is revenue neutral. As this program is phased in, income taxes will be reduced by the corresponding amount. This program significantly eases the tax burden placed on our wage earners and puts more money in their pockets. Money that can be used to buy groceries, pay for a college tuition or save towards retirement. This plan has already proven to work and all you have to do is look at the States of Missouri and Tennessee to see it.

Make no mistake there will be naysayers to this proposal. Let not one of them be from city council; a council who has failed to develop or enact any comprehensive solutions of their own. A council who I have dubbed the council of " no"...no real options offered and no action taken.

There will be those who say it cannot be done...I say it can. These problems were caused by professional politicians and can be solved by a businessman.

No votes yet

I know a family of four making over 30K here. They signed up for food stamps and get over 500$ a month.
even they are shocked that they get this much. She is good with coupons , normally feeding the family on less than half that amount per month. Now they get all this extra food money .
Repealing the income tax would shift some tax burden to those who don't work , I.e. a one cent gas tax would be paid by all .

This disproportionately screws families with two working parents. Unless they're car pooling, this will cost families an extra $1500 a month at the pump. I'm no mathemagician, but 3/4% of the median income of Toledo is far less than $1500.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

You think that a 1 cent gas tax would cost an extra $1,500 a month for a family?

At least you were honest and prefaced your comment stating that you're not a mathemagician. :)

I guess I've just come to expect Moody's ideas to be so poorly crafted that I assumed the large number was an error on his part.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

if each of those parents burnt 50 gallons per week, that's 100 gal total per week for the family, 400 gallons per month, and that's a LOT of gas...

the family would be looking at 4 bucks....

A one cent Gas tax will only be paid by the lazy and stupid.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

of four making $30,000 a year qualifying for foodstamps. You would have to prove that.

a little research, I guess those figures are possible. WOW I thought you had to be damn near destitute to qualify for foodstamps. That is probably why when I go to the grocery store I am the only person with cash. And I am really below the poverty level. lol

I like the one cent gas tax. EVERYBODY pays, and it's also a way to tax drug dealers, regular criminals, "the rich"(who everyone knows pay no taxes at all), and the people who cheat on other taxes such as income tax. I hope more taxes are raised this way.

Yeah!..people are too stupid to fill up in sylvania...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

how far should I drive to save a penny a gallon? Ive got a 20 gallon tank, if I drove to sylvania on fumes I'd almost save myself a shiny quarter!!

If you drive on fumes is your own damn fault.

I fill up once a week and I can easily do it outside toledo.

one cent is the camels nose.....when revenue shortfalls occur...and they will...the tax will be raised...

Oh...and the income tax will be reinstated....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

the on fumes part of it was just meaning that the most I could buy at any time would be 20 gallons.

My question to you would be, would you really go out of your way just to save a penny a gallon?

I'd also be interested if anyone has any idea how many gallons of gas were sold at applicable gas stations inside the city limits last year. would it cover the figure moody says it will?

place a ballot initiative that partially offsets the loss of income tax by adjusting property millage,

 

Won't that actually lose the city money by letting the renters off the hook tax wise? Or place an unfair burden on homeowners?

Then again, if thats the case maybe its not so bad. I've been unhappy with changes (increases in crime) in my neighborhood lately so maybe selling the house and getting an apartment would be the way to go.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.