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Hubbard Township considers police cuts

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HUBBARD TWP., Ohio -

Despite an additional levy passed by voters to support the police department, the Hubbard Township is considering police layoffs. 

A township leader says a 25 percent increase in healthcare costs within the past two weeks, unexpected police vehicle and maintenance costs and the end of the speed camera created a financial setback.

"There will be some layoffs. I don't know to what extent or degree," said township trustee Rick Hernandez.

Part-time officers will be the first to receive pink slips if the township moves forward with layoffs.

The $156,000 the $1.75 mill levy will generate won't arrive in the county's bank account until sometime next year. That, factored with the township's decision to end its new speed camera program, has left trustees with a thin budget that won't cover all of its current expenses.

Hernandez says the township ended its speed camera program that started after new guidelines were recently changed under Ohio law.

It was expected to be another revenue source to help fund the department.

Trustees are now preparing for a special meeting on Tuesday with the township's attorney, the police chief, and its union F.O.P. Lodge #85.

The police chief did not want to comment ahead of the meeting. 21 News also reached out to the union's leader for comment.

Hernandez says the township continues to struggle and blames the state for cutting the local government fund. He says that's at the heart of the township's budget woes. 

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