I would like to address some of the misleading ideas that have been presented in Letters to the Editor over the past several months by Mr. Charles R. Lamb. I will start by addressing issues brought up in his most recent letter that was published last week.
Mr. Lamb should have stated that based on what he had heard, because he certainly wasn’t in attendance at a recent informal gathering of citizens whom believe Baltimore needs a 24-7 police department. It isn’t an opinion but a fact that in order to attain this level of police protection Baltimore needs more money dedicated to the police department.
The revenue generated by the proposed .75% (.0075 Cent/ Dollar) income tax increase that will be on the November ballot will go strictly for the police department. By state law, this levy revenue can NOT be used for any other purpose. Even with this levy, the police department will need some funding from the village’s General Fund, just not near as much as in years past.
As for the property tax levy that failed, I’m not so sure that it failed due to senior citizens who believed “do not spend more than you can afford” as much as hearing and believing untruths (lies) about several incidents that happened in the Village. While this proposed income tax will have no effect on Baltimore citizens living on FIXED income, such as Mr. Lamb, those folks living and working in Baltimore will be paying for the senior citizens’ police protection, as well as their own, much like I pay school taxes even though I have never had any children.
I am sure that residents got a shock when they got their water/waste water/ sewer bill. Well I was at the council meeting last week and much to my surprise there were only three other citizens there to discuss the increase. Most people don’t realize that villages are regulated by the Ohio Revised Code. They are also under regulation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA was the reason for the new sewer plant so Baltimore had a choice of building a new sewer plant or face EPA fines to the tune of $46,000/DAY for non-compliance. Baltimore was getting state assistance however Governor Kasik in an attempt to balance the state budget put a stop to assisting villages. The bottom line here is I don’t believe we can place all the blame for our village’s financial problems on the mayor, village administrator, and council. They are just the ones stuck making the hard decisions that none of us like to hear. By the way Mr. Lamb, it is your right to attend council meetings, might I suggest you exercise that right. Possibly you could give them some better ideas on how to run the village.
I was a deputy sheriff and a police officer in this fine village many years ago and one thing hasn’t changed. You are “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” so you do your job by the law to the best of your ability and remember you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time. I also was a firm believer that the village residents were my eyes and ears when I might be in the opposite end of town. Residents could remain anonymous when they called in suspicious activity and I could go to the area and investigate the situation. As John Walsh says “You Do Make A Difference”
Maybe, Mr. Lamb, in your next letter you can tell readers how much lack of police protection effects their home insurance rates. Also tell them about the break-in and theft at your residence that the Baltimore Police spent many hours apprehending the culprits and tracking down your stolen items and returning them to you.
I think someone in your shoes would be a little more supportive of our Baltimore Police Department.
Please Support YOUR Baltimore Police this November!
Robert Van Dyke