Local bodies say Ohio state cuts leading to levies

Oct 24, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Local bodies such as libraries and school boards say they have no choice but to ask voters for more money after Ohio's budget cut their state aid.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that voters statewide will decide nearly 1,100 requests for higher taxes in levies for everything from police and fire protection to parks and senior services.

Voters are becoming wary of the continual requests for tax revenue.

Westerville resident Eric Sanchez tells the newspaper that he wonders where the money is being spent and whether bodies can't wait a few years until the economy turns around.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has warned local governments not to raise taxes in response to state cuts, saying it would set back development efforts.