The result is that American Greetings is citing the tax hike as reason for its planned relocation. See the Plain Dealer article from cleveland.com, here.
Lake County Commissioner Dan Troy can't raise pay roll taxes, but he can raise sales taxes; his partner in crime Commissioner Bob Aufuldish would be more than happy to support a tax hike.
However, Dan Troy is up for re-election. With Concord Township Trustee contemplating a run Troy will not raise taxes. Recall that the Commissioners passed a temporary 1st Quarter 2010 $15 million budget that must be made permanent by April 1. This is after the election filing deadline. If Galloway doesn't run Dan Troy will try to raise the sales tax.
Local City Councils and Mayors CAN raise payroll taxes. The message that the American Greetings story should send is: DON'T BE STUPID, DON'T RAISE TAXES!
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LAKE COUNTY OFFICIALS...DON'T RAISE ANY TAXES RIGHT NOW!