In 2011 John Kasich released his first budget and surprised local government officials with massive cuts to the Local Government Fund (LGF).   Cities, counties and townships have relied on the LGF to help pay for police, fire, EMS and other services since 1935.  The result was staff and service reductions for vital local services as well as a huge jump in local tax levies.

Kasich’s latest budget continues those cuts.  If passed as is, Ohio’s local governments will see a loss of nearly $1 Billion by the end of the Governor’s term.

As we discussed earlier this week, fire departments around Ohio have been hit hard by the cuts.   But as we’ll see in a second, law enforcement agencies may have been hit even harder.

Jay McDonald, President of the Ohio Fraternal of Police, told Plunderbund that he has been “pleading with the Ohio Legislature and Governor Kasich to not only stop cutting local government funds” but also to restore earlier cuts.

“We know from experience that cutting local government funds leads to a decrease in public safety,” said President McDonald.  “Police and fire make up about two thirds of municipal budgets.   Almost all of that is in manpower.   Cuts lead to less manpower, less manpower leads to less safety.  Everyone knows that!”

Everyone “knows that”, it seems, except John Kasich and his budget team.

Below we’ve compiled a short list of some of the many law enforcement staff reductions resulting from Kasich’s budget cuts.  This is just a sample. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

  • East Cleveland: laying off 10 officers and 10 civilian staff
  • Perkins Township (Erie County): laid off 3 officers
  • Garfield Heights: lost 14 officers out of 62 to attrition
  • Cheviot:    2 officers lost through attrition
  • Fairborn:  3 officers positions not filled
  • Green Township:  2 officers/1 seargent  not filled
  • Middletown:  3 clerks/6 corrections not filled
  • Portsmouth:   6 unfilled positions
  • Tiffin:  down 6 officers (Out of 31) and 3 civilian positions
  • Boardman Township (Mahoning County):  lost 19 officers to attrition  – new levy allowed some hired back
  • University Heights (Cuyahoga County): down 4 officers
  • The Village of Cleves:  lost 2 officers
  • Cincinnati:  Down 154 Officers since late 2009
  • Northwood: 3 vacant positions
  • Miami Township (Clermont County) 3 unfilled officer openings
  • Marion County Sheriff:  laid off half of their deputies in 2012
  • Lucas County Sheriff:  30 officers laid off
  • Lake County Sheriff:  down 55 since 2009
  • Summit County Sheriff:  down 60 full and part time officers and staff
  • Darke County:  5 Corrections officers lost attrition
  • University of Cincinnati:  6 officers and 3 lieutenant positions not filled

It’s important to note that this list does not include the many public safety positions that have been saved by local residents voting for police and fire levies – residents who were forced to choose between being less safe or paying more local taxes.    It also doesn’t include law enforcement budget holes temporarily plugged by federal dollars.

With Kasich’s continued cuts many locals have already warned there will be more public safety layoffs.  Cincinnati has warned of huge staff cuts.  So has the Franklin County Sheriff.  The Lawrence County Sheriff has warned that he may have to cut more staff, close a jail and may have to reduce 911 service to unsafe levels or possibly eliminate it all together.

“Police departments all across Ohio had already cut out anything that could be cut due to the economic downturn,” said Jay McDonald.  “The Kasich budget of 2011 put them into a hole they could not get out of without cuts to personnel.”

If Kasich’s 2013 budget passes with the current cuts to locals, expect law enforcement agencies around the state to be forced into more layoffs and staff reductions.

 

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  • duckmonkeyman

    The Republican philosophy of “starve the beast” is pretty simple. If you live in gated communities with private security, you don’t need police. If you can fit your house with fire suppression systems and private emergency services, you don’t need EMTs or firefighters. If you send your kids to private schools with tutors, luxury facilities and exempt from public school standards, you don’t need public schools. If you hire concierge doctors and build ICUs in your home, you don’t need health care, nurses, or hospitals. For Republicans, there are two Americas – the 1%ers with 99% of the wealth and the easily fooled rubes that worship them, and the rest of America who work for a living building the TRUE American dream.

  • dmoore2222

    Very good point. It’s no coincidence that this dunce didn’t want to live in the governor’s mansion close to those messy urban neighborhoods. Instead he chose to spend millions on security for his private sububan home insulating himself further from the rest of us. The one positive is that this budget will further divide his party and make the disdain for him even greater. Keep digging, Johnny.

  • http://twitter.com/Think270 Think.

    StopThisOhioJobKiller!

  • missskeptic

    Also, the estate tax repeal took effect Jan. 1, 2013, so that money is no longer available to smaller cities and townships. That is a huge pot of money that will never come back. We know that the layoffs in Marion have corresponded to a huge increase in violence and heroin sales in that area.

  • anastasiap

    Well, you know, they are “idiots.”

    Does East Cleveland even HAVE 20 people to lay off? As i recall, the police department in this stressed-out, high-crime city is beyond bare-bone already. Shameful, disgraceful, and disgusting.

  • anastasiap

    One good thing: there won’t be a lot of police officers forgetting about SB 5 and slipping back into voting Republican next year! Thanks, Taxin’ John, for working overtime to give people reasons to vote for whoever runs against you. It’s starting to look like I could run against Kasich and beat him if he keeps this up.

  • Retrofuturistic

    And Ohio’s property taxes, which are already the 6th highest in the nation, will skyrocket….

  • Retrofuturistic

    Yes, assuming it’s an honest election…. In Ohio….

  • Retrofuturistic

    Yes, assuming it’s an honest election…. In Ohio….

  • Retrofuturistic

    He’s afraid to even give the State of the State address in one those “messy urban neighborhoods”.

  • Retrofuturistic

    He’s afraid to even give the State of the State address in one those “messy urban neighborhoods”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rudy.scott.1806 Rudy Scott

    Good.

  • eww3797

    All of the policeman, fireman, teachers, State and Federal workers who listened to the Conservatives and those on Fox should have heard but didn’t listen very carefully when Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity, Glenn Beck and others told of their hate of unions and complained of their feelings that unions had too much power, inluenced elections and union members were paid too much. But they all woke up quickly when they realized that Kasick wanted to take their bargaining rights away.
    They apparently have already forgotton because, Kasick popularity is supposed to be over 50%. ,
    Give Kasick 4 more years so he can finish his agenda.

  • eww3797

    How many times do you people have to hear Shawn Hannity say: “I am not a republican. I am a Conservative. ” About two weeks ago, he told a caller or guest with great emphisis: ” : I am a conservative. I am not A Republican. I am a registered conservative.”
    When you non- republicans and non-Conservatives get it through your head the Conservatives do not have a Republican agenda but a conservative agenda and have gotten control of the Republican party and made its politicans believe they have the same agenda. you will understand that the Conservatives are not your friends. Not those on the radio nor those in the think tanks and publications that promote the Conservative agenda. which they promote under the guise of religion, patriotism, and gun ownership and individuality., entrapuership.
    The Conservatives want a third party candidate, who will run on the conservative ticket and Shawn Hannity has said” “We are waiting for a conservative to come along and run on the Conservative ticket. ”
    And the Conservatives have already turned against the Republican party blaminging the party for the loss , not themselves, who encouraged the Republicans to hold out until the Presidential election and they would win the Senate and /or Presidency or both. Now the conservatives are grasdually shiftingt the blame for the loss to the Republicans and saying we need a younger party, less dervisiveness etc. etc. and promoting Rand Paul Rubio, Jeb Bush etc as the new generation of the party. WAKE UP.,

  • Eugene

    I read somewhere when G. W. Bush was President , the same thing was done for him because he spent so much time in Texas.
    We pay for their life styles while they resent the people they are supposed to represent.

  • Eugene

    Imagine all the money Kasich can claim as a surplus when he gives his State of the State speech. All the money that the unemployed laid-off policeman, teachers, fireman, safety workers and jobs related to these people that others will lose.
    His Conservative friends on Fox can tell us how lazy the policeman , fireman , teachers and fireman , safety workers and people who lose their jobs related to the fireman, policeman etc are too lazy to work, laying around getting pregnant so as to get welfare , too lazy to work to get welfare , or that they , the Conservatives don’t want to pay for the lazy public employees life style. and call us lazy, stupid, dumb, communists, socialist, liberals, jerks, ignorant, too dumb to know or care about the Constitution or Bill of Rights, gun grabbers, gun haters etc. I’ll have to ask Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levine if I forgot any names they are good at calling the rest of America.
    The Republicans are hard headed because of the Conservative influence which they believe they need and want from them.
    We should see by now that the Republicans are not republicans , but trying to please and satisfy the Conservatives.

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