I write in strong support of the proposed City of Sandusky income tax increase expected to appear on the November ballot.
I work in the city, but I do not live in the city, so I cannot vote on the issue this fall. But, I urge community-wide support for the increase, not only among those who can vote for it, but also among folks like me who will pay a little more should the issue pass.
It does the whole area good when its central city is able to maintain safety and other basic services. And, with a small dent in our paychecks, we can save city government jobs that may otherwise have to be eliminated.
My hometown, Columbus, just "bit the bullet" and boosted its income tax rate. Now, my adopted central city needs just the same help.
I hope Sandusky voters will give me, a Perkins Township resident, the opportunity to chip in a little, to support where our area hospital is located, where our world-class amusement park is located, where our region's international port of entry is located, and from which surrounding townships can expect safety forces' support in the event of both routine police business and a major emergency.
It only seems right that I should get a chance to help a little. Perkins Avenue is just that ... an avenue, not a wall.
Philip A. Gardner