NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Niles Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia released a statement in regard to the ongoing Niles financial crisis in which 12 city employees were laid off at the beginning of the year due to budget problems.
According to the press release, effective June 26, all laid off firemen and policemen will be called back to work. This includes the police secretary, the safety service building custodian and a part-time building inspector.
The statement read:
For the past six months, the administration and council have had to deal with a serious financial crisis. This situation was one we had inherited. Criticism has been tough, but we understand how everyone feels because we were also frustrated. At times, it is very difficult to do the right thing; however, this was always our goal. Some of us were new and we made mistakes and had to learn the way. We also know that we must continue to be prudent and frugal with taxpayers’ dollars.
On my current controversy of our Niles Tax Department versus RITA, I will maintain my position. I do not want to be forced into a situation to have to outsource the City Tax Office when other options may be available. I am carefully analyzing both systems and what will be best for the City of Niles. I am working with a five year forecast on income tax collection versus expenses. I plan on having a decision at the next fiscal commission meeting, which will be Wednesday, June 29.”
Scarnecchia also thanked the Niles City Council, Giovanni Merlo, the state auditors and Niles residents.