December 3, 2020
Re: Village Income Tax Increase
After much discussion and research over the past two years, Council has voted and passed an ordinance to increase the income tax rate from 0.5% to 0.75% here in the village. With the community constantly growing so do staffing and infrastructure needs in order to keep the village a wonderful place to live and work. There are plenty of people that work in the village of Waynesville but do not live here. This income tax increase will allow them to contribute to the services that property owners are already contributing to (such as police services, street projects, maintenance, etc). I have highlighted key points below of how these monies will benefit you.
• Security and safety with continuing police services
• Concerning village roadways:
o Continue the repaving projects
o Plow snow for safer commutes
o Repair potholes
• Continue upgrading the water system
• Repair underground infrastructure
• Possible future projects:
o Construct sidewalks on Franklin Rd and Chapman St (which means an increase in safety for the children walking to/from school, so they don’t have to walk in the street)
If you drive around the village, there is a good chance you will see projects already started or that have already been completed (such as repaving of streets, repairing water lines and catch basins, etc). These projects are a result of us being proactive instead of reactive. We would like to continue to be on top of the needs for the village and the increase in income taxes will help us with that. With the unfortunate pandemic that has hit this year, we may not receive as much grant money from the state as we normally would for some of these projects. This income tax increase will also help cover that potential loss.
For those of you that work better with numbers, I have taken the time to breakdown how this increase will affect you financially. For example, if your annual income is $100,000, you are looking at an increase of
$250 per year. The average annual income for the Village of Waynesville taxpayer is $55,000. That would be an increase of $137 .50 per year, which when you break it down even further would amount to $11.46 per month. This only affects the people earning an income. Retirees and non-income earning individuals are not affected.
I encourage anyone interested to attend our council meetings and get on our email distribution list to stay up to date on what is going on in the Village. I have attached a copy of the income tax rates for neighboring municipalities so you can see where the village compares. As the Village Manager, I strive to be as transparent as possible. Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I will gladly discuss this with you.
Chief Gary L. Copeland / Village Manager
Municipality Tax Rate
Huber Heights 2.25%
South Lebanon 1.00%
Tipp City 1.50%
West Carrollton 2.25%
Yellow Springs 1.50%