NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Eight people with Citizens for a Safer Niles took to the phones at Niles Middle School to help spread the message to get out and vote on Tuesday.
One of the important issues on the ballot is the proposed 0.5 percent income tax increase. The levy will be on the ballot March 15 and is expected to raise about $2 million extra for the city’s general fund, which funds the city’s police and fire departments.
Due to budget constraints, the city recently laid off three firefighters, three police officers and six other city employees.
Citizens for a Safer Niles wants to get across the message of how important the levy’s passage is to the community.
John Stevens, of the Niles Fire Department, said, if passed, the issue only affects those who earn income.
“Retirees, people on Social Security, they won’t be affected. They won’t feel the increase,” he said. “It goes for safety forces. It’s going to give the City of Niles a full one-percent, dedicated only to safety.”