11/18/15 – 6:56 A.M.
Paying for firefighters might mean the elimination of an income tax credit in Fostoria. The Courier reports Mayor Eric Keckler introduced new legislation Tuesday night that would get rid of the tax credit given to Fostoria residents who live in the city and work elsewhere.
The move is being made because a SAFER grant that helps pay for firefighters is expiring next year. The grant has paid more than $1.1 million for salaries and benefits over the last two years. Keckler believes the elimination of the credit will be enough to raise the money needed to pay for the firefighters.
As it stands now, anyone who lives in Findlay but works out of the city pays their income taxes where they work, and only pays Fostoria the difference. If the ordinance is passed, residents would have to pay the full amount taxed by both cities.
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