Voters in Columbus last week approved the city’s first income tax increase in 27 years. The tax hike will boost the city’s income tax to 2.5% from 2% and is expected to generate up to $100 million in additional revenue a year for the city’s general fund. 

The tax hike — which won by a slim 52% margin — came after months of campaigning by city officials who said without the additional revenue they would have to cut services and lay off up to 600 public safety positions.

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