If the city is forced to reduce safety and city services, what specifically will be cut?

There are many dynamics to projections and estimates; however, none are to the scale of $2.3 million. The City needs to identify $2.3million in increased revenue or additional reductions in expenses. Currently, the police and fire budgets consist of 90% expenditures for personnel, and 10% to operations. In other words, a $2.3 million cut involves reducing personnel which results in drastic cuts to service levels. The following is a view of projected cuts and reductions to accommodate the loss of $2.3 million:

  • City Hall $525,000 - Reductions in a variety of support services to public safety personnel and operations.
  • Parks and Recreation / Senior Center $225,000 - Loss of seasonal personnel who maintain parks during active seasons which will result in closing of park amenities due to lack of maintenance and upkeep.
  • Fire/EMS $723,500 - Significant reduction of service delivery due to loss of 9 fire/EMS personnel in addition to currently vacant positions.
  • Police $797,000 - Significant reduction of service delivery due to loss of 7 police personnel in addition to currently vacant positions.

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1. What is the state of the city’s financial situation?
2. Why hasn’t the city informed the residents of this financial situation?
3. If the city knew it was spending its cash reserves, why is the music center being built?
4. How was the construction contract for the music center awarded?
5. How does the cost of our music center compare to the one built in Cincinnati?
6. What is the projected economic development impact of the music center?
7. What will the music center’s impact on our city’s safety services be?
8. Why did the city opt to do a phone poll/why was I not called?
9. Where can I view specific information regarding the city’s financial status?
10. If the city is forced to reduce safety and city services, what specifically will be cut?
11. Why is the city saying that they won’t build the new firehouse unless they are able to raise new revenue when the funds for the firehouse were passed in a previous tax issue?
12. Why is the city talking about raising taxes instead of making do with less money?
13. What exactly is taxed in an earned income tax?
14. Are you proposing a temporary or permanent earned income tax?
15. What cuts has the city already made, prior to the discussion of the earned income tax?
16. What was the recent action City Council passed about putting a tax levy on the ballot?
17. How can I participate in having my voice heard by city officials?
18. I understand the city is getting ready to negotiate new labor contracts for all the union workers in Huber Heights. Who will be representing the taxpayers in these negotiations of the new contracts?
19. When does the city expect to receive the $1.8 million check from DEC company that was presented to the City?
20. Can the city explain the use of the Emergency Clause that seems to be used for legislative actions taken by the City?
21. What will the official ballot language be for Issue 9?