TALLMADGE — Voters agreed the city income tax rate should be increased by one-quarter percent to maintain the city’s safety forces.

Issue 45, for an additional 0.25% levy on income, was approved Tuesday with 2,439 votes in favor and 1,620 votes against, according to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections. The results will be certified by the board of elections later this month.

The income tax will increase from 2% to 2.25% for the purpose of funding fire/EMS and police protection and related safety services for a continuing period of time.

The 0.25% increase will raise an additional $1.4 million for the needs of the safety forces. The money will come from taxable income from those who work in the city; retired seniors will not be affected.

Council members will next need to vote on a city ordinance to enact the tax increase. They cannot override the voters’ decision.