City trying to boost its public safety funding

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Placing a public safety levy on the ballot, handing all emergency medical runs over to the county, and merging the police and fire departments are ideas Delaware city officials are investigating as they seek ways to trim costs.
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Maddy the Watchdog

Delaware, OH

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Feb 6, 2010
 
Maybe the city needs to hold a public forum. Maybe we should vote on a levy during a primary election when most people vote. Just maybe the city manager and the council need to learn to live by the budget. I realize that times are tough and that costs are going up. Really folks you are elected officials and the city manager is supposed to be working for the citizens. Why don't you really take a look a wasteful spending. Maybe the garbage man can read my meter since he passes my house once a week. Just where was the retreat and WHO paid for lunch. Seriously folks we elected you to look after our best interests. We have to learn to live within our means. Maybe we as citizens need to take a look at who we are electing and who they are hiring.
piratenineteenfi ftytwo

Delaware, OH

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Feb 7, 2010
 
How do you cut costs by increasing funding? I, for one, will never vote for a life/safety levy. These services are core city services much as refuse collection and water/sewage. If there are to be budget cuts, unfortunately recreation will the program to be cut and it should be if the city feels the need for more funding for life/safety forces. At some point there must be a decision made as to what can be cut, what positions can go unfilled.Some recent hirings within city government may make one question if there is actually a budget crunch.
already paying

Uniontown, OH

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Feb 8, 2010
 
If Delaware County citizens and visitors are ALREADY is paying a County-wide sales tax, why don't we let the County run EMS System run the EMS? Seems like a simple solution to a simple problem! Why does the City duplicate a service that the Commissioners already provide. Donahue can take his money and fund the Fire Dept. Not EMS.
Another Taxpayer

Brookville, OH

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Feb 9, 2010
 
Public Safety this includes all EMS, police and fire. are partially funded by the state and federal tax dollars . So II am paying for your services as well. It is not all about Polaris. You can shop somewhere else.
Look at the big picture

Chillicothe, OH

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Feb 9, 2010
 
Public safety is about the public. Yet we divide it up by city, village or township.
Ohio law requires fire protection be provided it also requires law enforcement. It DOES NOT require EMS. It should be nomore acceptable to cross train a firefighter to be a police officer than it is to cross train a firefighter to be a paramedic.
So lets stop with the bias because of where you live and lets start better utilizing the services we have. Utilizing the county ems would save the city money, it would free up firemen to staff fire trucks. When my house is on fire I expect the fire department with fire engines not ambulances.
This is one of if not the richest county in Ohio when it comes to public saftey, lets better utilze what we have.
OSU fan

Columbus, OH

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Feb 11, 2010
 
"Chief" Farmer and Dave Cannon would be more than happy to take over the EMS service now provided by the Division of Fire. What they won't tell you is that less that 1/2 of the money collected by the 1/2% sales tax for "county-wide EMS" is actually being spent for EMS in anyway shape or form.
The most efficient use of personnel is to have firefighters cross trained as EMTs. Maybe the best way to fund the service is for the county to provide all fire services within Delaware County that also privide EMS an appropriate share of the 1/2% sale tax they are collecting for "county-wide" EMS services. That way all agencies that are providing EMS services would benefit.
Turning the EMS service within the city of Delaware over to county EMS would not decrease the number of fire personnel needed to adequately provide fire protection for the growing city. And you would definitely be degrading the care that the citizens of Delaware are use to and deserve.
Intrigued

Delaware, OH

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Feb 11, 2010
 
Looking at the histories and definitions of firefighters and fire Depts. across the nation. Can you say outsourcing!!!!

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