The consensus in council is that they will put TWO tax levies on the fall ballot. 

A 0.2% increase of the city income tax to fund street work has been in progress...but recently another 0.2% levy has been proposed to additionally fund safety forces. 

Council members admitted that was a "last minute" addition, with even the city auditor saying he didn't have the numbers proving the need until lately. 

The original intent was to combine the two levies as a single 0.4% levy on the ballot...but after much discussion, even sponsor and finance chair Tom Trutschel says he changed his mind. 

Discussion from council members, administration, and the public included the words leadership, courage, transparency, choice, simplicity, and timing. 

Trutschel says the deadline to put the levies on the ballot is August 6th, and replumbing the legislation will probably require another special session. 

Council also passed several other items, and got an overview of the ailing budget - which the auditor says needs major planning. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture