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West Chester police say replacement levy is crucial

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -  The last police levy that was passed by voters in West Chester was back in 2001, now the department is asking voters to replace that 7 mil levy in order to maintain the level of safety the community has come to expect.

"Eventually we'd have layoffs, the first rounds of cuts are in training, vehicle expenses, and there's going to be some expenses that are going to be involved in the day to day operations that are going to have to be cut," said Chief Erik Niehaus of the West Chester Police Dept.

Niehaus says the $3.8 million it would generate per year would simply maintain their current level a service.

"Which is the reason we're seeking the replacement levy, we're just seeking to maintain the service and the staff that we currently provide to the community here in West Chester," Niehaus said.

Some residents  say paying the extra $42  per $100,000 in home value is worth it, if it comes down to safety.

"I definitely think this is worth it for the minimal increase, if you don't have a safe community, not much else can happen," said Tom Hayden, a member of the levy committee.

But, others say they can't afford to pay higher taxes.

"We shouldn't even have a police levy, it's not necessary, the situation that we face is that our property taxes are too high," said Bill Zerkle of West Chester.


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