Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has proposed raising the city’s income tax to 2.5% from 2% to cope with a growing budget shortfall.

The 0.5% increase would generate just under $100 million a year, officials said, which is about the size of the expected deficit in 2010. Coleman said that without the tax hike he would be forced to lay off police, firefighters, and other city employees. His administration is already planning layoffs and enacting other cuts and fee increases.

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