2008-02-23 / Editorials & Letters

Top Ten reasons to vote NO' on new police levy

Editor:

Top Ten reasons to vote "NO" on the new Buckeye Lake Police levy.

10. In 2004, council asked BLPD to pursue CALEA certification, resulting in four years of resistance and excuses.

9. In 2005, the mayor asked the finance committee to cut the general budget $40,000. Finance Chair Hilde Hildebrandt stood in the way and council never acted on cuts.

8. Council lost $7,200 of annual rental revenue by converting a village-owned storefront to a rarely used BLPD conference room. TV time is popular in back room.

7. Hildebrandt says she's reviewed the BLPD budget by line item and found NOT ONE wasteful expense.

6. During 2006, a rash of breakins, particularly at the shopping center, resulted in NO charges or solved cases other than an inside job at Subway. A video of one suspect produced no results. Most break-ins are unsolved.

5. Lack of professionalism and maturity. Residents deserve "service," not attitude.

4. Need training, grant-writing and cost-saving measures such as using bikes during the summer.

3. Current 3-mill police levy generates $100,719 a year and will be collected through 2010.

2. The NEW 2.5 mill 5-year levy takes another $110,819 a year out of our pockets, costing the owner living in a $75,000 home $57.42 more a year. For a $150,000 home, the increase is $114.84 a year. It's $191.41 more for a $250,000 home.

1. Department still fails to address severe drug problems, with no arrests for drug sales. Children learn what they live. . . . generation after generation. Peggy Wells Buckeye Lake

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