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Letter: Issues 4, 5 needed for city's 'well-being'

Published: April 16, 2017 12:00 AM

The city of Munroe Falls is in a dire financial situation. The director of finance in 2003 accurately forecasted a very bleak future by 2008 unless steps were taken to increase the revenue in our city. The administration placed a reduction in the income tax credit issue on the ballot at the general election in 2003. Unfortunately, the issue was defeated and a new mayor took office on Jan. 2, 2004.

No plan of action was presented to the residents. The mayor reduced expenses by hiring part-time employees. The can was kicked down the road for 12 years. One attempt to address our sinking funds was via a police levy which was placed on the ballot in November 2014. The issue failed by a very close margin.

Fast forward to Jan. 2, 2016. The residents elected a new mayor. Mayor James Armstrong took immediate action on our top priority, the city's solvency. He examined all city accounts and reports issued by the auditor of the state of Ohio. It became very clear to the mayor that our city indeed needed cash. Three issues were placed on the November 2016 ballot to address finances in our city. Fortunately, Issue 22 passed which addressed road projects. Our city continued to struggle with insufficient balances in the general and capital improvements funds.

Munroe Falls is a wonderful community. We do not have a strong income tax base since 85 percent of our working residents are employed outside of Munroe Falls and pay city tax where they work. Also we don't have any large parcel of land available for manufacturing or commercial development. The only option remaining is to vote "yes" on both Issues 4 and 5 on the primary ballot on Tuesday, May 2.

The well-being of our city is at stake. The administration can deliver the necessary services and provide for the health, safety and welfare of our entire population with your help.


Brad Sisak, Munroe Falls

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Brella Apr 17, 2017 2:57 PM

How can we make Munroe Falls more attractive to businesses and more business friendly so that more people are employed within the city? How can we encourage businesses to utilize the commercial property available? What exactly were the cuts that were made when it became clear that cuts HADto be made using the money available? What necessary services that provide for our health, safety, and welfare are no longer available due to the prior failures of the two issues? What is some tangible proof that the city won't be able to function at an acceptable level if the issues aren't passed? Does giving city workers across the board raises at this time when we're in such a "dire financial situation" make sense? How can these things be explained to citizens who are also facing financial difficulties?