Mayors want to protect what is theirs

St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan, at the podium, called a press conference Monday to talk about protecting the kilowatt hour tax, which local municipalities rely on to help boost their revenue streams.
Bob Tomaszewski
Staff Writer

On Monday, St. Marys Mayor Patrick McGowan continued his kilowatt tax crusade and called a press conference where he was joined by municipal leaders from New Knoxville, Minster, Celina, and Wapakoneta to explain how much of an impact the Ohio kilowatt hour tax has on municipalities.

The kilowatt tax went into effect in 2001 and helped deregulate electric power in Ohio. McGowan explained that the tax had been criticized by co-operatives and investor-owned utilities.

“If there is a new industry that is coming in to the community, what the co-ops want is for us to not receive that kilowatt hour tax. They are also saying that if somebody petitions us to become part of our city we would not get the kilowatt hour tax from that,” McGowan said.

McGowan said that the tax had brought in $875,000 to St. Marys general fund.

“It is extremely important since many of our funds were taken away to balance the state budget. We need those funds,” he said.

The latest attempt to impact the kilowatt hour tax comes from House Bill 143, McGowan said. The bill deals with...

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