“I thought it’d only be a couple of weeks or months (of working from home.) Now we’re closing in on close to a year,” Roegner said on Monday. “I don’t think people should be paying taxes somewhere they don’t live or work.”
She added that eventually cities will have to reckon with a permanent shift in where a large swath of people work post-pandemic. City leaders should be thinking about this sooner rather than later, she said.
“We understand long term that we have to win all these workers back,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said. He added that he doesn’t believe there is political will in the Ohio General Assembly to make changes right now.
Whaley said if lawmakers block cities from collecting income taxes from people working from homes outside the cities, “it would be devastating. I think most of the cities would have to declare bankruptcy right away because there is just no path forward if this revenue were taken away and nothing put in its place.”
She added that once lawmakers dig into the ramifications, they likely won’t have the appetite to make the change.