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Auditor releases Campbell from fiscal emergency

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - The City of Campbell is no longer in fiscal emergency after nearly a decade in that status.

The city was placed in fiscal emergency on June 10, 2004 due to a $598,128 deficit.

Mayor William VanSuch said the financial strain began in the 1970's after several factories and steel mills closed.

"When the announcement that the steel mills closed in 1977, it was a drastic cut so it just trickled down," said VanSuch.

Mayor Vansuch says the city has been carefully watching and managing expenses since being placed in fiscal emergency.

He says city employees went at least eight years with out a pay raise and all city departments saw a reduction in staff, including police and fire.

"It results in a hardship on everybody," said City Finance Director Dr. Michael Evanson. "For the tax payers, one of which, there was an expectation of a level of services that had to be reduced and in the case of the employees where you turn to your right and turn to your left, you used to have co workers with you, now suddenly your doing a task with a reduced number of individuals."

Also to cut expenses, city council waived its health insurance coverage, fleet and fire insurance was moved to a consortium, a garbage fee and water meter charge was instituted and a delinquent income tax payment program was instituted.

During the decade of financial hardship two levies passed helping the city pay for road improvements and safety services. The mayor stresses, that while the city is on a road to recovery the financial assistance is still needed.

"You have to understand now, because we are getting out of receivership you can't be taking off like a drunken sailor, you still have to watch your expenditures so we will not return going back into receivership," said VanSuch.

"In this case probably the most difficult thing the city has had to do is learn to live within it's means, and in this case it's taken the city a series of years," said Evanson.

You can read the full audit here.

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