Strongsville Loses a $1 Million Tax Next Year -- Can the Budget Handle It?
Officials try to balance expenses against declining revenue
The end of estate taxes in Ohio will take a big chunk out of Strongsville's revenue stream next year, officials said.
Mayor Tom Perciak said the change in state law will cost the city about $1 million in 2013, and every year after that.
The state is also reducing the money it gives to cities through the Local Government Fund -- about $500,000 a year in Strongsville, Finance Director Joe Dubovec said -- and the Commercial Activity Tax, about $350,000 a year.
That's a total of almost $2 million less revenue than the city is used to getting.
Still, the general fund will squeak by with a $3,300 surplus -- without touching the $7.4 million balance it will carry into 2013.
Dubovec said income tax collections this year are up about 4 percent over 2011.
"What we're doing with economic development is working," he said. "We're up about $1 million so far this year."
A number of area cities joined together to fight the end of the estate tax, but were not successful.