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public safety

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

 An Ohio city has joined a list of several communities banning people from begging after authorities say the number of such incidents has soared.

The Dayton Daily News reports Wednesday that police in Centerville have responded to 17 complaints about begging since July, compared to just four complaints in the previous 12 months.

Centerville Police Chief Bruce Robertson says several incidents involve panhandlers on a street near Interstate I-675, raising concerns about the activity causing traffic accidents.