Brecksville Eyes Tax Restructuring Proposal

Residents employed in other towns would pay an additional .25 percent to Brecksville. But before city council decides, city officials are looking for some input from residents.

Mayor Jerry Hruby and city council are considering a new tax plan that would generate about $900,000 in additional revenue for Brecksville.

Hruby has said it’s a proposal that wouldn’t raise property taxes on Brecksville residents.

“We’re still accepting comments,” he said, adding that there’s no timetable associated with the plan.

The idea is to change the income tax structure for residents who work in other communities.

Residents employed in other towns would pay an additional .25 percent to Brecksville.

However, city council must OK the proposal first.

With the city looking to fund a few projects such — such as the renovation of Old Town Hall, a new police station and the completion of the Blossom Hill Master Plan — Brecksville could use the additional money.

The closure of the Brecksville campus of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center has already taken its toll on the city, to the tune of $1.5 million of lost income taxes each year. The last time the city raised income taxes was in 1989, when residents voted to raise the rate from 1.5 to 2 percent.

Now, Hruby said he’s looking for some feedback on the proposed tax re-structuring.

What do you think of the proposed tax plan? Tell us in the comments.

Jenn Elting May 21, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Most current Brecksville residents work outside of our city. This plan would upset the majority of voters.
Lisa Armstrong May 21, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I agree with Ms. Elting. Most residents do work outside the city and this added tax would be upsetting. Brecksville needs to find a way to attract a large business or businesses to make up for the lost revenue from the VA facility.
RJ Hagler May 21, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I also agree . . . Efforts should be directed at regaining those tax incomes that have supplemented our town in the past. Recent objections to land development because it will upset "country" living are short sighted & quite selfish. Raising income taxes on the certain groups to make up for lost incomes doesn't seem to be a "shared" solution. To keep it democratic, I'd like to choose from several more ideas on how to regain those lost revenues.
Linda May 21, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I agree with all of the above Why should those of us that do not have a job in Brecksville be penalized for this? We pay more then enough taxes. Please find another way to generate income.
Randy Brooks May 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Brecksville already has one of the highest tax rates in Cuyahoga County. Enough already.
Richard Martin May 26, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I am not sure where you are getting your information, but Brecksville is in the middle of the pack or better in terms of property tax (http://treasurer.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_treasurer/en-US/2012_ResidentialTaxRates.pdf) and income tax. That said, having a 100% credit for taxes paid to other communities should remain given the large commercial and industrial areas in the city. Adding tax to the residents working outside of the city should be reserved to bedroom communities that do not have a significant number of people working in the city.
Wayne Hill May 26, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Let's treat all Brecksville residents the same as it relates to the income tax structure. If there is a need for increased revenue, then spread that need over the entire population base.


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