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NEWTON FALLS, Ohio - Voters upset with having to pay income tax in Newton Falls, are taking matters into their own hands.

A petition that's garnered enough support to put this issue on the fall ballot is in the hands of city officials

The city's one-percent income tax credit was recently removed by city council. A group of concerned citizens has more than enough signatures to let voters weigh in. The Trumbull County Board of Elections certified 275 signatures and turned the petition over to the city for consideration.

Werner Lange says he and others are not just unhappy about having to pay up.

"This is taxation by government dictate, they decide you pay the taxes, you have no choice," Lange says.

City Manager Jack Haney says the city was forced to take the tax credit off of the table in order to gather enough money to pay for city expenses, including safety.

"In order to have officers on the street, what you really do need is to have a sustained amount of funding," Haney says.

Haney says the city acted within the law to no longer offer the credit, because the city is administering a current tax, not imposing a new one.

Haney says having the tax in place will generate about $250,000 a year, which will help fill the gap of $430,000 from cuts in state funding and other sources.

Members of city council have until August 6th to place the issue on the November ballot, but it's still to early to know if they will.
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