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Firefighters Union Could Lose 300 Jobs in 2010

The Columbus Firefighters Union said it stands to lose almost 300 jobs next year if the proposed city income tax increase does not pass.

Columbus Firefighters Union president Jack Reall said if the voters do not pass the proposed income tax hike in August, 238 firefighters will be laid off. And Reall said retirements, 51 over the next two years, will not be replaced.

The firefighters union along with the Columbus Fraternal Order of Police have stepped up to support Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's request to increase the city's income tax from two percent to two-and-a-half percent. If passed the increase is projected to generate $97 million in additional revenue annually.