City Council YES on raising property taxes

As their first major act since taking office last week, a majority of Cincinnati City Council voted Monday to raise property taxes on city residents.

If finalized, the decision will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $31 annually. The increase would give the city an addition $7 million a year.

City Manager Harry Black said the money need to pay for the Western Hills Viaduct and facilities for firefighters, which City Council committed $50 million to in December.

Monday's vote, taken in the Budget and Finance Committee, will have to be retaken Wednesday at the full city council meeting. But all nine members of city council are members of the committee.

The vote was 6-2, with Jeff Pastor and Amy Murray voting 'no;' Wendell Young was absent. 

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