MOUNT VERNON — As Election Day inches closer and closer, talks for and against the City of Mount Vernon’s proposed 1/2 percent income tax increase are getting louder and louder.

The Citizens for Mount Vernon campaign committee began to form soon after the city announced it would go to the voters for approval of additional funds to meet the needs of the police and fire departments. Its roots are deeply planted in Mayor Richard Mavis’ Finance Study group with members Clint Bailey, chair; Gordon Yance, treasurer; and Marc Odenweller, deputy treasurer as committee officers.

“I wanted to be involved with seeing this through to the election to see what we learned and what we recommended come about,” said Bailey. “It wasn’t enough to put it on the ballot and be done.”

“If some of us (Finance Study group) don’t get behind getting this done, who’s going to do it,” Yance told the News. “Who’s better educated or who’s more committed than the people who came out of that study.”


Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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