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Leaders Call For Increase In Local Government Funds

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

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Local leaders throughout Ohio were in Columbus Tuesday to ask state leaders to restore money to the local government funds.

P G Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati City Council member, says state cutbacks to the local government funds have caused his city to make tough choices.

“We have not had a police recruit class for the last six years,” Sittenfeld said. “I mean, this is called our local government fund. I think it should be called the police and fire fund, because that’s exactly where these dollars are going—toward providing the most basic of basic services. So we’re making do in Cincinnati but again, the state’s an obstacle, not a partner.”

Some lawmakers are pushing a couple of plans that would give local governments more money. But Sittenfeld and others want lawmakers to restore the local government fund to where it was back in 2010.

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