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Holding Martins Ferry Taxes Down

Like so many local government officials, those in Martins Ferry have been looking for ways to reduce spending and increase revenue. They were right last week to reject a proposal that would have increased the burden on taxpayers.

An ordinance that would have slashed the city income tax credit for people who live in Martins Ferry but work in another location that also has an income tax was brought up during a City Council meeting last week.

It did not even make it to the stage of a full-council vote. The motion to proceed with the ordinance died for lack of a second.

Council members have earned a heartfelt pat on the back from their constituents. Now, they have to continue looking for ways to keep the municipal budget in balance — but have refused to do so on the backs of already stressed working men and women.

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