Tax and Spending Challenges

Repeal of Westerville’s School Levy Increase: Schools repeatedly place tax increases on the ballot, then claim that the voters have spoken when the increase finally passes in a special election after having failed multiple times. The 1851 Center seeks to stop this behavior and limit school levies to general elections.

Elimination of the Ohio Estate Tax: The legislature has passed a state budget that includes the repeal of Ohio’s Estate Tax. The 1851 Center drafted and represented the initiative, while the grassroots efforts was led by Citizens United to End Ohio’s Estate Tax.

Dayton Tea Party v. Ohio Municipal League challenged the secret use of public funds to lobby for greater taxes & spending. The Ohio Municipal League and Ohio Township Association’s lobbying records should be made public. Both organizations use taxpayer funds to lobby for higher taxes and increased spending.

Oleksa v. Murray successfully ended the use of project labor agreements and prevailing wage rates on public school projects. The Ohio School Facilities Commission agreed to adopt Resolution 11-16. The move is expected to save Ohio taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and level the playing field between union and non-union contractors.

Gahanna’s Unconstitutional, High-Risk Loan Plan was a proposal for taxpayer backed venture-capital funding for local businesses. Gahanna City Council postponed a vote authorizing a city-backed $375,000 high-risk venture capital loan fund after the 1851 Center informed council members that the Ohio Constitution prohibits the city from raising money for or loaning its credit to any private company, corporation or association.

The Drees Company v. Hamilton Township successfully challenged township imposition of taxes. The 1851 Center argued that Ohio townships, which do not have the power to levy taxes, cannot levy back-door taxes on new homeowners and developers by calling them fees.

Ohio Grocer’s Association v. Ohio Tax Commissioner challenged the application of the commercial activities tax to food. Ohio’s Commercial Activities Tax is an unconstitutional excise tax on food which is levied on Ohio grocers based on sales.