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Boardman trustees hire three officers, put police levy on ballot



Published: Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 12:07 a.m.

Staff report

Boardman

Township trustees have hired three police officers and approved a resolution to put a 3.85-mill policy levy on the November ballot.

The hirings of Bernard (Chad) Doran III, Bradley McFadden and Bryan Butto were approved this week at the trustees’ meeting. One takes the place of recently retired officer Charles Mound.

Salaries for the other two officers are funded federally by the Community Oriented Policing Services grant. The one-time $524,246 grant will provide salary money for the officers for three years and mandates that the township pay for a fourth year, said Jason Loree, township administrator.

Starting salary for new patrolmen is $16 per hour, instead of the previous $22 per hour under the old contract, Loree said. The current contract is effective until December 2011.

The new hires bring the police force up to 49 officers, including Chief Jack Nichols.

Township residents will see a 3.85-mill police levy on the November ballot, which would generate about $3.5 million annually for the police department. The levy would cost owners of a home valued at $100,000 32 cents a day, or $116.80 annually.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

More Tax & Spend. Just say NO!

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

It seems that once someone is elected to office in Boardman, all they do is tax, tax, tax, spend spend, spend.

Moliterno is a government hack... all he knows is spending tax payers monies.

Calhoun is a school teacher who only knows how to live off the taxpayers

Costello has a proven track record of taxing and spending and taxing and spending.

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3apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

BamBam wants us to think policing in Boardman is similar to policing in Detroit. Boardman still has very little violent crime. One murder every 5 years and that's a domestic violence issue. Most of the crime is still petty thefts from the various retail establishments. The wealth in Boardman says BamBam. Does he realize that the median household income in Boardman is around 55-60 thousand? That's hardly Beverly Hills like. That means half the households in Boardman are living on less than 55-60 thousand total. Yet, the township wants them to pay an additional 3.9 mils? These trustees and employees are simply out of touch with reality. They listen to the North Siders and Smith way too much.

Censoredship is correct, BPD is top heavy and still paid far more than peer communities. The problem is they used the inheritance money to fund overly generous contracts. Check out the first half 2010 salaries here;

http://www.boardmanfacts.com/Links.php

It is amazing the salaries of the township. PD makes around 90 thousand a year on average. That doesn't include benefits. The FD isn't far behind. As the audit says, those are about 20 thousand more than peer communities.

Raising revenues isn't the answer, cutting salaries and benefits to be closer to peer communities is the correct response. That would save millions and allow them to get to the proper staffing levels.

So now the Feds are going to pay Boardmans wages. Great, more deficit spending to pay for bloated salaries. Got to agree with Author50.

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4SkyKing310B(253 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I personally feel we need a larger police presence. With the 2 tier wage scale the trustees and union have moved in the correct direction to keep the budget in check.

I would prefer a .25% sales tax in Boardman to pay the salaries of the larger police force. Shouldn't be just on the property owners or working people.

I've lived here for 54 years and I am tired of seeing 3-4 pages of police reports in the Bdm News- most of which are for theft, vandalism and domestic violence. All these crimes need to be reduced.

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5apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

SkyKing really thinks that more police is the answer to the petty crimes in Boardman? Crime in Boardman is about as good as it can get for a community of 42,000 or more people with the retail focus. You could have 1000 cops and crime wouldn't move at all.

Plus, he thinks the answer is more taxes, this time another sales tax. How about cutting the largest (80%) portion of the budget during tough times instead of layoffs and a shrinking employee base?

The wage freeze is a joke. Wages and benefits are still climbing because of contractual step increases and health care costs inflation. Do you really think that cops should be getting $90 thousand and higher dollars a year plus Mercedes benefits costing another $30 thousand or more? Paid for by people often making much less than $50 thousand!

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6grand4dad(196 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

NO MORE TAXES for Boardman. This is pure nonsense. I agree that the PD is too top heavy. Enough already of this retire/rehire bullcrap.

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7eagle911(17 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I PERSONALLY KNOW SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT WORK OR HAVE WORKED FOR BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP THEY ARE NOT WITH THE SAFETY SERVICES AND ONE MADE APPROX. 65K LAST YEAR. I CAN TELL YOU THAT NONE OF THEM WOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IT'S JUST THE GOVERNMENT JOBS THAT PAY PEOPLE WITH NO TALENT THE BIG BUCKS. WHAT A JOKE AND SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE PUBLIC FOR WHAT THESE PEOPLE GET PAID AND THE BENEFITS THEY RECEIVE FOR THE PITTIFUL WORK THEY DO. THERE SHOULD BE A TAX PAYER REVOLT

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8rex(62 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Didn't we just give them a tax levy for the police and fire. Boardman public employees live far better than the average resident with better pay and better benefits.

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9babybear(4 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

i will never vote for a boardman tax levy again, after being lied to about the previous levy, they were going to hire 10 officers spent thousands of dollars doing background checks, on the supposed future hirees, then didn't hire any now where did these 3 come from the names are not familiar on the list the newspapers had 1 1/2 years ago, so did we just blow that money!!!!!!! I am tired of it old or new trustees they need to go too!!

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10Oldstones(2 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Larry Molinterno can't even put away his trash can shame on him. its always out at the curb

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11ytown1(392 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

As Dezi would say "Lucy you have some splainin to do",

What was the 2.0 mil safety forces levy just passed for?

Now an additional 3.85 mil "Police Levy" ?

Township trustees have some answering to do before this load of crap can get even be considered.

I wont repeat it but re read babybears post and ask the question, What are they doing with that money? Apparently not spending it on safety forces? Because they did not rehire all of the fire department layoffs either?

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12John878(5 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Why is the FIRST reaction to budget problems always a tax increase?

No concessions talks? No staff cuts? No effort to inform the public exactly what the budget numbers are, and where the money is going?

So when the three new guys come on the force crime will drop? Are they new hires for the decades old "Drug War"?

80% of the prisoners are in there for drug violations. States are going broke trying to keep them all locked up.
Its time to end the war on drugs.
It took 13 years of prohibition, to find out it was never going to work. They didn't repeal prohibition because booze was determined to now be healthy for people. They repealed it to get rid of all the crime & corruption associated with it.

And all the cost in policing, prosecuting, and imprisoning people.

Would you send a buddy that offered you a beer from his six pack to prison for as many years as some get for drugs?
Basically that’s what you are doing with drug laws. And might have done during prohibition when it was illegal. The morality of the situation never changed, ONLY THE LAWS.

And since when is having the punishment worse than the offense done any good?

You can NOT regulate something that is illegal. The only way to regulate something is to legalize it.

If they were legalized we could at least get people off the worst of them and it would get the drug money out of the hands of gangs, foreign mobsters, and the rest.

And with taxes it would bring in revenue to pay for programs to control it. And with a new industry we would get much needed jobs created.

And this would get rid of all the other problems associated with them, and it would give us a chance to try to 'control' the problem more, like we have done with alcohol and cigarettes.

We have fought this “War on Drugs” for decades, to continue to do the same thing and expect a different result would be insanity.

Somehow, we haven't learned that lesson on the "War on Drugs" yet.

And then maybe we can get the police forces reduced to where they need to be, and be able for taxpayers to afford them.

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13biteme(38 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I need to see where the money has gone from the last levy. Why don't they put that out there for the public to see and then we can decide if we want to take on more of a tax burden.
I did notice they hired more for the Zoning Dept. haven't heard of any rehires for the Road or Fire though.
Whatever happened to the proposal from the FD about an ambulance to generate funds for their department. Trustees seem to want to make them a volunteer dept or comination paid/volunteer. How do they expect volunteers to drive from home through this traffic and get there in any kind of timely fashion? Kind of like the cops, don't have murders why do you need cops; if you don't burn stuff down, why do you need firemen.

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