Issue 22: Hilliard's Nov. 2 Income Tax Ballot Question

  • On Nov. 2, Hilliard residents will be asked to approve Issue 22, an additional 0.5% municipal income tax, paid by individuals who work in the City of Hilliard corporate boundaries (regardless of whether they live here).
  • The current income tax is 2.0%. If approved, the tax will become 2.5% and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.
  • All additional revenue will be dedicated for recreation and parks, including design, construction, and operation of a new community center comparable to those in neighboring communities.
  • Social security and pension income are not taxed as earned income, so will not be affected by the proposed change.


CHECK OUT THE POSSIBILITIES!

The City of Hilliard estimates the additional revenue from Issue 22 would be around $7.2 million per year. This money will be dedicated solely for recreation and parks capital, programming, and operational expenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Community Center design, construction, maintenance and operations;
  • Trail acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Athletic field and facility design, construction, maintenance and operations
  • Parkland acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Older adult programming, services, and facilities
  • Capital projects (new, replacement, and improvements, including roads and utilities associated with Recreation and Parks infrastructure development and maintenance)
  • Art, culture and history facility and site acquisition, development, maintenance and operations
  • Recreation, parks, health and wellness programing and services
  • Special events programming and services
  • Recreation and parks facility upgrade and maintenance
  • Payment of principal and interest on debt issued by the City for the expenses listed above


MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD NOV. 2.

  • Residents can register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by completing the forms.
  • Find your polling location and/or drop-box location.
  • Military and overseas absentee voting begins Sept. 17.
  • Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 4 (9 p.m.).
  • Early in-person voting begins Oct. 5.
  • Vote-by-mail/mail-in absentee voting begins Oct. 5.
  • Absentee ballots: The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election in which you want to vote, but voters can submit their application any time. If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Request your absentee ballot and complete the application.
  • Election day voting: Nov. 2, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • On Nov. 2, Hilliard residents will be asked to approve Issue 22, an additional 0.5% municipal income tax, paid by individuals who work in the City of Hilliard corporate boundaries (regardless of whether they live here).
  • The current income tax is 2.0%. If approved, the tax will become 2.5% and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.
  • All additional revenue will be dedicated for recreation and parks, including design, construction, and operation of a new community center comparable to those in neighboring communities.
  • Social security and pension income are not taxed as earned income, so will not be affected by the proposed change.


CHECK OUT THE POSSIBILITIES!

The City of Hilliard estimates the additional revenue from Issue 22 would be around $7.2 million per year. This money will be dedicated solely for recreation and parks capital, programming, and operational expenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Community Center design, construction, maintenance and operations;
  • Trail acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Athletic field and facility design, construction, maintenance and operations
  • Parkland acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Older adult programming, services, and facilities
  • Capital projects (new, replacement, and improvements, including roads and utilities associated with Recreation and Parks infrastructure development and maintenance)
  • Art, culture and history facility and site acquisition, development, maintenance and operations
  • Recreation, parks, health and wellness programing and services
  • Special events programming and services
  • Recreation and parks facility upgrade and maintenance
  • Payment of principal and interest on debt issued by the City for the expenses listed above


MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD NOV. 2.

  • Residents can register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by completing the forms.
  • Find your polling location and/or drop-box location.
  • Military and overseas absentee voting begins Sept. 17.
  • Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 4 (9 p.m.).
  • Early in-person voting begins Oct. 5.
  • Vote-by-mail/mail-in absentee voting begins Oct. 5.
  • Absentee ballots: The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election in which you want to vote, but voters can submit their application any time. If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Request your absentee ballot and complete the application.
  • Election day voting: Nov. 2, 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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  • 1). What were the circumstances that initiated dialogue for a new Rec center, other than residents wanting a facility similar to what Dublin & Westerville residents have? 2). After the survey, what percentage of folks were directly and indirectly affected by the decision City Council made to move forward and purchase land for development of Rec. center? Why not expand on old Rec Center? We do have a YMCA too. 3). Who are the folks with a stake in this issue, for and against? 4). Did the $4.41 million to purchase land, come from tax revenue and private sources alone? If there were others who were they? Thank you.

    mary s. asked 10 days ago

    1). What were the circumstances that initiated dialogue for a new Rec center, other than residents wanting a facility similar to what Dublin & Westerville residents have?  

    The desire to have a modern community center in Hilliard has been discussed in many circles within this community for years. City Council has discussed it at length, and our existing community center does not come close to meeting the recreation and programming needs of such a facility (especially if you compare it to facilities in other communities.) When the City did a survey of needs in 2021, it was determined that there is a desire and need in the community for things like additional indoor aquatic, workout, gymnasium, classroom, meeting, and other space that a community center would provide.

     

    Issue 22 is not just about a Community Center, though! By creating a dedicated funding source for recreation and parks, it ensures that parks, trails, programming for older adults, arts, historic facilities, special events, and other quality of life amenities in our community are supported into the future. This also frees up funds currently targeted to Recreation and Parks in the City's operating budget that can be allocated to other purposes, such as transportation, public safety, infrastructure, and other projects.

     

    2). After the survey, what percentage of folks were directly and indirectly affected by the decision City Council made to move forward and purchase land for development of Rec. center? Why not expand on old Rec Center? We do have a YMCA too.

    If we understand the first part of your question: The Jerman property was already owned by the City prior to the 2021 survey, and the intention was to eventually develop that property as parkland. The decision to construct the proposed community center on the Jerman property was not made until September 2021.

     

    As for the rest of your question, we explored several options for a location for the proposed community center, including the site of the current center. The site of the current center was determined to be insufficient to house the kind of facility that is proposed, along with the needed parking. As for the existence of the YMCA and other facilities in the area, the study and survey performed in early 2021 indicate their is significant unmet need in the Hilliard community for additional facilities. The community center also will serve purposes and functions facilities like the YMCA to not serve, such as providing programming space, a likely integrated wellness campus, and a new senior center.

     

    3). Who are the folks with a stake in this issue, for and against?

    We believe every resident in the City of Hilliard has a stake in Issue 22, because it will create new parks, trails, special events, and other quality of life amenities in this community. This kind of investment in a community is shown to have a positive impact on property values, and is one of the factors businesses look at when deciding whether to bring a company to town because they know their employees want to live where there is a great quality of life. So, regardless of whether an individual is interested in a community center, we think everyone in Hilliard has a stake in Issue 22 -- and for about three-fourths of those residents it will not affect their income taxes.

     

    4). Did the $4.41 million to purchase land, come from tax revenue and private sources alone? If there were others who were they?

    Funds to purchase the Jerman property came exclusively from City of Hilliard funds. (There are no private partners.) When you say "private sources," you may be referring to proceeds that came to the City from the sale of the Grener property on Cosgray Road in 2020. When City Council sold that land to a private developer, it committed to reinvesting 75 percent of the proceeds into the acquisition and development of future parkland. 

  • I apologize for my first question. I thought that was just a subject line. I work from home in Hilliard (but my company is not located in Hilliard). I was wondering how the income tax increase would affect me? Thanks

    netnethunter asked 24 days ago

    Hello. It depends what local tax your company withholds. 

    If they’re currently withholding in Hilliard, then an additional 0.5% would be withheld.

    If they’re withholding somewhere with a 2.5% tax rate (City of Columbus for example), then there would be no additional tax.

    If they’re withholding a city rate less than 2.5%, additional tax withholding would be required.

  • What kind of membership fees are being envisioned if the issue passes and the center is built -- like for classes, speakers, programs?

    Lynne asked 23 days ago

    We expect prices to be comparable to those at community centers in neighboring communities such as Westerville and Dublin, but actual price structures will not be finalized until closer to the time the center opens. Typically, resident rates are the lowest rates, but there are also rates for school district residents, corporate residents, and non-residents to use a community center.

  • what will be done with the existing community center? (Hopefully turn it into a senior center?)

    T asked 29 days ago

    At this time, no determination has been made about the future use of the existing Community Center building. We do not anticipate that it would serve as a stand-alone senior center, as plans are to integrate such a facility into the new Community Center, planned for the Jerman property site.

  • I have two questions 1. If I work in Hilliard but live in Columbus will I be able to vote on the income tax issue? 2. If the issue passes will I be able to use the facility?

    Kevin Schulze asked 4 months ago

    1. As is standard with Ohio municipal income taxes, only Hilliard residents will be able to vote on this income tax issue. (For example, when Columbus raised its income tax to 2.5% several years ago, only Columbus residents could vote on that ballot measure.)

    2. Complete details about facility membership have not been ironed out, but it is common for community centers to offer some form of corporate membership rates to individuals who work in the community and who pay income taxes that support the facility. Hilliard will consider that as an option when we get closer to opening a facility and the full slate of membership pricing can be determined.

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