Megan Kilgore

Cars are absent from 3rd Street in downtown Columbus on May 6, 2020, in the middle of Ohio's stay-at-home order.
David Holm / WOSU

The conservative Buckeye Institute has filed a lawsuit over temporary income tax changes imposed by state lawmakers in March. The tax provisions were part of a sweeping coronavirus relief measure and meant to simplify businesses’ transition to working from home.

A COTA bus in downtown Columbus in May.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Commutes have gotten remarkably short for some workers. Instead of fighting traffic on the freeway, they’re walking down the hall. But that arrangement could present challenges for local governments.

Columbus City Hall statue outside Columbus City Hall
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Columbus officials believe the city will bring in $41.5 million less this year than originally projected, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

The streets of downtown Columbus, here at Broad and High, are empty as all non-essential businesses in the state are closed on March 25, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

A new study found Columbus relies more heavily on income tax revenue than almost any other city in America. That could mean it’s among the first to experience economic strain due to COVID-19.

Nationwide Arena
WOSU file photo

At the end of the last year, local officials struck two deals with Nationwide Realty Investors to retire debt associated with the 2012 purchase of Nationwide Arena. The original deal was built on casino tax revenues that never materialized. The new ones rely on diverted property taxes and hotel revenue.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
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Columbus officials are planning to place a $1 billion bond issue on the May ballot.