State law regulating municipal income taxes in Ohio ought to be uniform and fair. That should go without saying.
But a bill in the General Assembly to alter the rules by which towns and cities levy and collect income taxes may reduce their revenue from that source. At a time when most Ohio municipalities are struggling with lower revenue, in part because of cuts in state assistance, that is a big concern for local government officials.
Exactly how much revenue towns and cities would lose through enactment of the measure is unclear.
Balancing the needs of taxpayers, including job-creating businesses, with those of municipal budgets is tricky business. Again, tax burdens should be fair, uniform - and as low as possible.
But placing a new revenue loss burden on the backs of already stressed local governments may not be a good idea, especially now. State legislators should bear that in mind before acting on HB 607.