REPUBLIC - Eighty percent of Republic voters cast ballots against a referendum on a village income tax. The vote was 117 against the income tax and 28 in favor.
"I'm not sure whether it's bad or good," said Mayor Bruce Lambert. "In my opinion, you listen to the voters and they say it's time to tighten our belts and live within our means.
"From my standpoint, I would say that it was a direct response from the people who live in this village that it's time for the people who control things to get their act together."
Village council implemented a 1-percent income tax in September to offset expected losses in village funds.
Lambert said the referendum can't cause a shortage of funds because the tax never was implemented.
"I think the vote was pretty adamant," he said.