(Harrisburg) -- Members of the Harrisburg City Council have voted to double the earned income tax, saying the alternative would be cutting essential services in Pennsylvania's capital.
Council voted 5-2 to approve the increase at its meeting Tuesday night.
President Wanda Williams says the increase is expected to generate another $5.1 million to stave off firefighter, police and other city employee layoffs.
The tax increase is the third in less than a year for residents of the city, which has been laboring under a massive $300 million debt tied to an incinerator renovation project.
The council adopted a property tax increase in December and the school district also increased its real estate tax rate last summer.
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