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Perry closes park, cuts police hours to fill $240,000 operating budget hole
10:16 AM, Nov 15, 2013
PERRY, Ohio - Officials in a northeast Ohio village whose voters rejected an income-tax increase have decided to close a local park and cut back police coverage.
The cuts were made by Perry village officials as part of the plan to fill a $240,000 hole in its operating budget. Officials acted Thursday instead of waiting until the new year to trim the budget in the village of about 1,600 residents northeast of Cleveland.
The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports that the decision by the council followed the Nov. 5 failure of an income-tax increase ballot issue and the passage of an income-tax credit for residents who work elsewhere.
As part of the cuts, the village police will eliminate 16 patrol hours a week during low-volume hours.