After police chief's plea, Elyria passes Issue 6

Posted at 11:53 AM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 11:53:16-04

A month after a local police chief made a plea to residents, asking that they agree to a temporary tax increase to help the city's emergency services, voters passed Issue 6.

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely wrote on Facebook in February that the department, and the city for that matter, just couldn't afford any more cuts.

"Since 2009, the city has been forced to make cuts throughout the City in order to balance the budget," he wrote, in part. "Every year it gets more difficult to provide the services the residents of the city have come accustomed to and stay within our budget."

Then, just two weeks later, Elyria officers had to call off a chase when their cruisers broke down.

But, on Tuesday, residents voted to ease those cuts.

Roughly 61 percent of voters said 'yes' to the .05 percent increase.