Issue 32, the proposed municipal income tax for the City of Cleveland, has passed.
It’s the first increase in the city’s income tax in 35 years.
The vote was close, with 51% opting for the increase and 49% choosing no.
The measure increases taxes 0.5% on income, to eventually be a rate of 2.5% per year.
Mayor Frank Jackson says the tax will pay for reforms to the Cleveland Police Department. The increase will also be used for general municipal operations, maintenance, new equipment, payment of debt charges, and more.