Carlisle: Bringing It Back to the Table



CARLISLE, OH -- Tuesday’s meeting  could possibly bring the half-percent income tax credit back to the table for a third reading. 

The amendment, which was first tabled at the Dec., 7, 2021 meeting, was back on the agenda for the Jan., 25 meeting. It was "re-tabled" at that meeting due to  Mayor Randy Winkler being ill and not able to attend the meeting.

For the reading to even occur, there needs to be a 2/3 vote by council members to bring the tabled amendment back. Then, if the ordinance is brought back, there will be a third reading. To pass, it will need a majority vote, Carlisle Councilman Tim Humphries said.

If passed, the new amended tax code will have all Carlisle residents, who work outside the city limits to pay at least 1 percent of their income to Carlisle, even it they already pay the city where they work 1.5 percent or more.

Since 2019 Carlisle’s Financial Director Ryan Rushing has been reporting to council that the municipality’s services are continuing to increase, and the city needs to find away to pay for these services, with the Police Fund being his most concern.

The Police Fund continues to increase in cost without any increase in its funds. If current number trends continue in the direction they are going, Rushing explained, the Police Fund will be in the negative due to a $500,000 deficit by 2026.

While Carlisle saw a 12 percent increase from the last census, making it one of the fastest growing areas in Warren County, most of the growth has been in the areas designated as TIF’s.

Rushing explained that usually with growth, the General Fund and other service funds would grow due to property taxes. However, because of the restrictions that TIF’s have, Carlisle’s General Fund, along with some other service funds, are not experiencing growth, especially the Police Fund, which is currently using $400,000 out of the General Fund to operate.

According to the Warren County’s Auditor’s office, the monies collected from these properties that are to go to the city are still collected, but they must go into a separate TIF fund. This collected money can only be used in that TIF District for the building of infrastructure such as, roads, utility lines, sidewalks and sewers. 

No monies collected from a TIF can be used for services such as police, fire or parks until the TIF expires.

The TIF does not effect the property taxes that are collected to go the school district. The school gets its taxes.

For the City of Carlisle, the TIF’s do no expire until 2035, which doesn’t help solve the deficit it sees its Police Fund being in by 2026.

According to The Ohio Real Estate Law Blog a TIF ... "stands for Tax Incremental Financing. TIF is a tool for economic development that communities use in an attempt to stimulate private investment and development in targeted areas. The community, through a TIF, captures the increase in tax revenue generated by the private development itself. The community then uses those very same excess tax revenues to pay back the private investors that footed the initial bill for the public improvements and infrastructure required to make the new private development a success."

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Carlisle Council will meet Tuesday, Feb., 8, at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

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