Wed. 9:50 pm: Warren officials warned to keep promises made for five-year tax increase

WARREN – Less than 24 hours after residents narrowly passed a 0.5-percent, five-year income tax increase with 51.6 percent of the vote on Tuesday, officials were reminded they must work to make sure the estimated $3.5 million to $4 million in extra funds will be spent wisely.

Administration officials were told Wednesday morning that General Motors is eliminating its third shift and reducing the number of employees at the plant by more than 1,200.

Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-at large, council’s finance chairman, said officials have not been able to calculate the impact the car maker’s decision will have on Warren because they do not know how many city residents would be subject to the possible layoffs.

“This is why we could not give an exact amount that may be collected during the campaign,” Colbert said. “When the last tax passed, no one expected Delphi Packard Electric to reduce its operations.”

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.