Auditor releases Campbell from fiscal emergency - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Auditor releases Campbell from fiscal emergency

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Girl's eye impaled by hook in fall at Ohio store

    Girl's eye impaled by hook in fall at Ohio store

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:11:46 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a girl suffered a serious eye injury when she tripped and fell onto a piece of a shoe rack in a clothing store at a southwest Ohio shopping mall. The accident happened Sunday afternoon inside the Dayton Mall. Lt. Ray Eaton from the Miami Valley Fire District tells the Dayton Daily News the girl fell into a 7-inch hook used for hanging shoes, and it impaled her eye. Eaton says the girl was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital. Her injury wasn't believed to b...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a girl suffered a serious eye injury when she tripped and fell onto a piece of a shoe rack in a clothing store at a southwest Ohio shopping mall. The accident happened Sunday afternoon inside the Dayton Mall. Lt. Ray Eaton from the Miami Valley Fire District tells the Dayton Daily News the girl fell into a 7-inch hook used for hanging shoes, and it impaled her eye. Eaton says the girl was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital. Her injury wasn't believed to b...More >>
  • Van forces horse-drawn buggy to stop in robbery

    Van forces horse-drawn buggy to stop in robbery

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:50:43 GMT
    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Police say someone forced an Amish horse and buggy off a central Pennsylvania road to pull an armed robbery. Lancaster Newspapers reports the buggy was carrying three people early Monday morning when a white minivan pulled into its path and forced it to stop. East Lampeter police say a masked man demanded money, after which the three threw their wallets to him. The buggy driver then drove into a field to get away. No one was injured. Information from: Intelligencer Jour...More >>
    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Police say someone forced an Amish horse and buggy off a central Pennsylvania road to pull an armed robbery. Lancaster Newspapers reports the buggy was carrying three people early Monday morning when a white minivan pulled into its path and forced it to stop. East Lampeter police say a masked man demanded money, after which the three threw their wallets to him. The buggy driver then drove into a field to get away. No one was injured. Information from: Intelligencer Jour...More >>
  • Obama administration offers new rules for religious objections to health care law

    Obama administration offers new rules for religious objections to health care law

    Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan.More >>
    Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms