Your Vote: Fostoria safety levy

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FOSTORIA, Ohio (WTVG) - In Fostoria layoffs are looming if voters don't pass a six-mill levy on Tuesday. The city is in dire straits financially.

Customers at Dell's in Fostoria know in order for the city to survive voters must pass a 6 mill levy.

"I think it should be voted for because people want jobs to come to Fostoria and if there's a volunteer firefighter and no cops patrolling the street. There's really no reason anyone would come to Fostoria," said taxpayer Nick Angles.

Fostoria was place in fiscal emergency in May by the state auditor.
The levy is part of a five year financial recovery plan to get the city out of the red. It's supposed to generate three point five million dollars.
Fostoria fire fighter union president Randy Ruble says if the levy fails the city will be forced to lay off 13-15 officers and firefighters. He says the department is understaffed which puts city safety at risk.

"We're looking to hire four more guys to bring our minimums up to 4 guys a day instead of 3 guys a day. So we would be able to handle more than one call at a time which we are not capable of doing at this point right now," said firefighter Randy Ruble.

The police department says with the heroin epidemic crime has increase. Union president Cory Brian says calls for service are backed up which delays an officers response time. The levy would allow the police department to reinstate its detective bureau.

"Right now we don't have a detective because we just don't have the manpower. Our detective had to be pulled to work the road," said Officer Cory Brian.

Everyone is not in favor of the levy. Some think city leaders are bluffing and won't hand out pink slips.

"It's not a scare tactic. The ordinance was passed it's in writing," said Brian.

A homeowner of a $64,000 home would pay an additional $134.00.
The owner of a $75,000 home taxes would increase to an additional $157.00 and if you own a $100,000 home it will cost you an extra 210 dollars per year.

"We love our police department. There's the catch and we need our police department. While we had a fire not long ago we didn't have our fire department what will we do without that. Then we have the problem of the streets. So I would have to say I'm not a big fan to pay more taxes, but in this situation it probably would be a good idea," said taxpayer David Hammond.