Ohio towns seek special taxes for public safety

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Twelve communities in five Northeast Ohio counties will ask voters next month for taxes to operate public safety forces, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Among the issues: Strongsville wants to build a police station; Parma wants to renew taxes for police and firefighting; Madison Township wants to increase a tax for police; Richfield Township wants to renew taxes for police, fire and emergency medical services.

In Strongsville, where voters just last November defeated a proposal to build a police station,

Mayor Wally Ehrnfelt said the existing station, built in 1949 to accommodate 25 officers, is too small for today’s 75-member police force. The small size of the jail, with only 12 cells, forces the city to pay other cities to house prisoners. The new facility would have 20 cells.

“This is not the time to be short on safety facilities and personnel, with all this terrorism going on,” said Ehrnfelt.

Link: http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1051263308302520.xml

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