City officials say they hope to have the earned income tax on nonresidents who work in the city in place by Jan. 1. The City Council acted on an emergency basis to approve the proposal at its meeting Thursday.
Officials in the cash-strapped say they needed to act quickly so that they could still get a court hearing and approval this year.
If a judge approves it, the nonresident earned-income tax in the city would rise from 1 percent to 2 percent. Officials estimate the change would generate $2.5 million next year and then $4 million annually in 2014 and 2015.
Council president Janet Evans says the city only anticipates needing the tax for three years.