In an online chat with The Columbus Dispatch Mayor Coleman said that if the .5 percent increase in the income tax is passed, the free yard waste pickup program will be restored. It ended on January 31, 2009 and was replaced by a $99 a year fee. In addition, the mayor said that he would no longer consider a fee for regular trash collection.
Two good reasons to vote for the levy. If passed the levy would cost a person making $30,000 a year an extra $150. Not much when you consider it will allow needed city resources to continue, will save jobs such as firefighters and police, and it will restore programs like free yard waste pickup that have been cut.