Middletown, Ohio sits on the border between Butler and Warren counties. According to CutsHurtOhio.com, Butler County has lost $31.6 million in local government funding thanks to Governor John Kasich’s budgets. Warren County lost $15.2 million. In Middletown, these cuts left the city struggling to find enough funding to pay for proper police and fire protection.
In 2012, when Kasich’s first budget went into effect, Middletown was able to obtain SAFER grants from the federal government to help cover the missing funds and avoid laying off firefighters.
Those grants run out this year and the city did not apply for more. As a result, the city is planning to layoff 15 fire fighters.
Ohio has lost over 25,000 local government jobs since John Kasich took office in 2011.