However, most recently, state laws have been hurting the fiscal health of local government, said Kip Molenaar, director of administration and finance for Mentor-on-the-Lake.
Ohio lawmakers passed a bill this month that bans almost all Internet cafés operating in the state.
had three and will lose an average of $80,000 to $90,000 in monthly and annual fees, Molenaar
"I know it is a controversial tax, but you would think they would defer the elimination until the economy got better," Molenaar
"I understand the state was faced with a very large deficit of their own to address, but I think they erred in trying to balance the budget on the backs of local government and schools," Molenaar
said the city has always been efficient, especially because of the recession, and the state cuts have forced the city to cut services, leading to reductions in fire and police staffing and the loss of 16 percent of its full-time workforce.
"Not only have we lost personnel, but we have lost our road," Molenaar
"We have cut back on equipment, and IT costs are being pushed aside."
On top of that, Mentor-on-the-Lake
is considering a 5-mill operations levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.
It would be the first new levy Mentor-on-the-Lake
has proposed in 16 years, Molenaar