RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Riverside passed an income tax levy that would raise taxes for some residents, but decrease taxes for others and generate funds for police and fire.

With 100% of precincts reporting, 61% of voters approved the levy with more than 1,400 votes. 39% of people voted against the levy.

“We just really appreciate the support that the community gives us and the trust that they’ve placed in the good stewardship and effective use of tax dollars,” Riverside City Manager Josh Rauch said. “We intend to carry this forward into the budget process and make sure that we’re delivering the best and most effective services we can given the resources we have.”

Issue 9 restores the full 100% income tax credit for the City of Riverside, which currently is at 50%.

Now that Issue 9 is passed, half of Riverside residents who work in another city would no longer have to pay an additional income tax to Riverside on top of the income tax for the city they work for.

The other half of Riverside residents who work in the city will see a 1% increase to their income tax from 1.5% to 2.5%. That additional 1% from raising the tax would go to the Riverside police and fire departments.

It’s estimated the levy will generate $3 million a year for police and fire.

It will fund the creation of 14 full-time firefighter jobs and 3 full-time police officer jobs, along with equipment and other needs.

“It’s used to help pay for important public safety functions, which would be everything from the staffing to the vehicles to the equipment that our first responders use, and it’s a great way oftentimes to make sure that the revenue is there to support them and their operations,” Riverside city manager Josh Rauch said.

With the additional money, the police department will be able to hire another detective and a school resource officer.

The levy would also cover the gap for the fire department, as FEMA funding they received expires in one year.