Correction: The information in bold has been corrected.
Rising income tax collections and falling unemployment rates suggest local economies are slowly rebounding in Northeast Ohio, at least for some communities.
Avon saw a whopping increase of 13 percent, due in part to the opening in late 2011 of the Richard E. Jacobs Cleveland Clinic center, which amounted to more than $400,000, according to Avon Finance Director Bill Logan.
Avon Lake saw a gain of 6.7 percent.
A review of income tax collections for 2012 and 2011 in 18 Northeast Ohio Patch communities shows only one of the municipalities saw a drop in income tax revenue, Brecksville, while just one community saw income tax returns remain flat: Solon.
The remaining 16 communities saw an increase in the revenue source they depend on most for police staffing, water service, street repair and other basic government services.
An uptick in income tax revenue coincides with steady declines in unemployment rates for the Ohio counties Patch covers: Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, Lake and Stark.
Ohio's statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked down from 6.9 percent in October to 6.7 percent in December, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Total Income Tax Collections for Ohio Patch CommunitiesCommunity20122011Percent ChangeAvon $11,644,477 $10,262,606 + 13.5
$9,332,543 + 1.06
Brecksville $14,441,228 $14,710,595 - 1.8
Beachwood$27,640,037$24,056,637 + 14.8
Cleveland Heights $22.4 million
+ 16.7Cuyahoga Falls$19.4 million$18.6 million + 4.3
Fairlawn $9,562,876 $9,254,431
Kent$12,063,299$10,711,766 + 12.6Lakewood $19.25 million $18.8 million
Mentor$36.1 million$33.2 million + 8.7North Canton $6,185,739 $5,969,366 + 3.6
Shaker Heights$21,099,130$20,643,570 + 2.2
Solon *$39.5 million
$39.5 million +/- 0.0
Stow$13,564,115$12,802,708 + 5.9
Strongsville $29,074,716 $27,896,316 + 4.2
Twinsburg$23.1 million$19.9 million + 16.1
Westlake $21,384,693 $20,052,362 + 6.7
Source: all information was provided by the individual municipality's finance dept.
*Solon's 2012 figures are not final and are estimated.