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With no police levy, ‘hard choices’ await Boardman

Published: Thu, November 4, 2010 @ 12:04 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern



Officials say the failure of a police levy will mean restructuring throughout the township.

“Something we’ll have to think about is what services citizens really want and how best to run the township with the money that we’re receiving right now,” said Administrator Jason Loree.

Voters rejected a 3.85-mill, five-year additional levy for police services with 8,473 against and 8,043 for. The levy would have brought in an estimated $3.7 million annually, and trustees had said before the election that levy passage would expedite their goal of adding 10 officers to the force in five years, bringing the total to 57.

“We have a divided community,” Loree said. “Half wanted more police and half didn’t — or couldn’t afford it. There’s a lot of people that are looking for us to do more, and we can’t do that right now.”

He added that personnel costs are the largest expense for the township, and officials are developing a strategy to move forward with the four upcoming collective-bargaining agreements.

“Hard choices will have to be made,” Loree said.

Police Chief Jack Nichols said he thought the levy failure was more a sign of the economy, not a reflection of the department.

He pointed to a food- distribution day in August at the Covelli Centre.

“The people in line all day long weren’t just poor people,” he said. “It was people ... who lost their jobs, had their homes foreclosed and cars repossessed. There’s a lot of that in our community.”

In 2008, 62.8 percent of township voters approved a 2.2-mill police and fire levy.


1bumslife(28 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Voters wake up!!! Quit buying into the scare tactics used by our 'powers that be' legal system! Where is all the money from asset forfeitures and all the increased fines/costs the courts collect from our War on Drugs??? Why are all the police departments and courts always broke? Quit giving them more and more tax money to erode our individual freedoms! The gov't created these problems, not us, so let's quit bailing them out every time they cry that the sky is falling!!!!

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2seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks to all for your insight. I was feeling like I was the only one that sees how assinine this entire township and police department is run! These goofs look around like we should support their $75,000/yr jobs because they are entitled. What they fail to realize is this: there is no accountability, they sit on their a--es in their cruisers and talk, side by side, never get out to write tickets. They get paid the same absurd amount whether they actually do the job they swore to do, or if they sit by and watch this place go to hell. In the real world everyone is being asked to do more at their job, sometimes for less. Wouldn't you think that the mantra would be to be MORE effective, be MORE visible, write MORE tickets, pull over MORE illegal non licensed expired plate no insurance trash driving ghetto crawlers that have infiltrated the township. It wouldn't matter if the force had 80 officers. YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR JOB FOR IT TO COUNT! When they start showing some sack and prove they are actually trying to do their damn jobs then maybe folks would partially consider a levy. Until then, sit in your cruisers and mull over how inneffective you are and what you could do as a sworn PUBLIC SERVANT to make the citizens safer. Maybe bust some heads, jerk some drug dealers out of their cars? Hell, just pull some people over after they speed byat 40 mph you a 20 mph school zone while you sit there munching on donuts )and I have sat at Market Street school and witnessed this first hand) SHOW US SOMETHING!!!

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3seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

censoredship, we're on the same page. the only problem with deputizing is those of us that would be on the street would make the actuall sworn officers totally ineffective and unneeded!!! We would demonstrate what is actually looks like to enforce laws...

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