Canton tosses school tax hike

Published 2:51 pm Thursday, September 18, 2008

Under pressure from outraged taxpayers, Canton city leaders have rescinded a 19.45-mill school tax increase they had approved in a special meeting less than 24 hours earlier.

Mayor Fred Esco recommended Tuesday that aldermen rescind their 4-3 vote made Monday and instead approve a smaller increase of 7.7 mills for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

Aldermen unanimously went with the mayor’s recommendation. Esco had said he was prepared to veto Monday’s vote if the recommendation was not heeded.

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Esco said the city passed the 19.45-mill increase at the request of the Canton Public School District board to cover a shortfall in tax revenue.