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City safety forces use up nearly 72 percent of income tax money

Bellefontaine spends nearly 72 percent of its annual income tax revenue paying for police and fire services which is well above other Ohio municipalities, members of the Finance Committee learned Friday morning during a budget hearing.

Service-Safety Director James Holycross said some cities use as little as 40 percent of income tax revenues, but never more than 65 percent.

“The question becomes ‘How do we fund the rest of the city?,’ ” he said.

Mayor Adam Brannon and Mr. Holycross presented a base-line general fund budget which provides no new employees for either department.

The budget moves some personnel out of the Ambulance Fund and accounts for a police officer who came onto the force under an expiring federal grant.

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