Municipal

The City of Mansfield Municipal Building.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker said Tuesday night neither represented a tax increase, but the successful renewals of two quarter-percent income taxes on the primary ballot Tuesday were crucial to the city.

Both of the four-year tax renewals received overwhelming support in terms of voter percentage, if not raw vote totals, on a primary election day that saw just 3.7 percent of eligible voters in the city cast ballots.

There were 28,828 eligible voters on Tuesday in the City of Mansfield and 1,066 cast ballots.

TheĀ Parks, Recreation, Illumination, Demolitions and Emergency Services (PRIDE) tax, which generates about $3.7 million annually, was approved by 72 percent of voters, according to final, unofficial vote totals from the Richland County Board of Elections.

According to the elections board, the renewal passed, 768-293.

The "Pothole Haters Tax," which generates a similar amount of money specifically for street resurfacing and repairs, fared slightly better, receiving 76 percent of votes cast, 810-252.

"It's a great thing for the citizens of Mansfield to be able to trust this administration in doing what we do," Theaker said. "I am very pleased they have they entrusted us with this money, especially during the trying times of COVID-19 and everything else."

The PRIDE tax, first approved in 2013 and renewed in 2017, benefits the city's police and fire departments (50 percent), as well as parks and recreation (22 percent), demolition (20 percent) and street lights (8 percent).

"It's extremely important," Theaker said of the PRIDE tax. "It supports safety forces, the parks, street lights for Mansfield and also demolitions. One of the things we have to do is make the city more presentable in order for businesses to want to come here."

The "I Hate Potholes" tax is a levy that has helped local road work, including resurfacing, for more than three decades.

Residents have overwhelmingly supported the issues in recent years. In 2017, the last time the issues were on the ballot, each received about 79 percent of the vote.

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