You've been asking... here are the answers! Below are 4 videos that contain frequently asked questions about the City of Xenia's May 4, 2010, Ballot Issue. The questions were asked by Finance Director Mark Bazelak and answered by City Manager Jim Percival, Police Chief Randy Person, and Fire Chief Jeff Leaming.
Part 1 Questions
Tell us what is on the May 4th ballot for the City of Xenia. (How much
is the income tax levy; how much will it generate; how much will it cost
Question 2: More specifically, what will this levy - called Issue 7 - pay for?
3: When was the last time the city made a request for new funds and
when was the last time there was an approved voted increase?
Question 4: Economic times remain difficult for Xenia residents. Why an earned income tax now?
5: Since it is an earned income tax, that means that only taxable
earnings are taxed. So then, what does this mean for senior citizens and
others who do not earn income?
Question 6: If approved, when would collection begin?
Question 7: What has the city done to tighten its belt?
Part 2 Questions
Last fall the city eliminated the recreation department; will the
recreation department be restored if the levy passes?
9: Let’s talk about what happens if this levy does not pass. Since the
funds would be used for police, fire, and roads, what happens if it
fails? Tell us about that.
Question 10: Chief (police and fire)
can you talk about your ability to currently provide services and how
services will be affected if the levy fails?
Obviously, nobody likes to pay higher taxes. How does Xenia rank in
terms of affordability compared to other local governments in Greene and
Part 3 Questions
Obviously, higher taxes cannot be the sole answer. What other steps is
the City taking to enhance the City’s future?
Question 13: How do Xenia employee wages and benefits compare to other comparable cities wages and benefits?
Question 14: The City has received some awards for operations and even from the State Auditor’s Office. Tell us about those.
Part 4 Questions
Question 15: Tell us why this levy is important to Xenia.
Question 16: So, if I am a voter and need more information, may I call you or the City?