11/23/15 – 7:20 A.M.
A proposed change to end a tax credit in Fostoria has been met with outrage on social media, but Mayor Eric Kecker says he’s only gotten a couple of phone calls about it. The Review-Times reports an income tax credit is set to expire on January 1.
Currently city residents who work elsewhere only have to pay the difference in taxes between the two cities. Keckler says the change is needed to offset the loss of a grant that has been paying for eight firefighters. The city has received the SAFER grant twice, and Keckler believes it’s unlikely it will get a third grant.
Keckler calls the move a “tough choice,” but adds he would sleep better knowing, “there are policemen, firemen and paramedics out there if somebody needs them.” Online backlash has been led by former Mayor John Davoli. In a post on the RT Facebook page, Davoli said, “Notice how there is no talk of cuts in the city budget, just a big cut in YOUR budget!”
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