Middletown, Ohio sits on the border between Butler and Warren counties.   According to CutsHurtOhio.com, Butler County has lost $31.6 million in local government funding thanks to Governor John Kasich’s budgets.  Warren County lost $15.2 million.   In Middletown, these cuts left the city struggling to find enough funding to pay for proper police and fire protection.

In 2012, when Kasich’s first budget went into effect, Middletown was able to obtain SAFER grants from the federal government to help cover the missing funds and avoid laying off firefighters.

Those grants run out this year and the city did not apply for more.  As a result, the city is planning to layoff 15 fire fighters.

Ohio has lost over 25,000 local government jobs since John Kasich took office in 2011.



  • fry1laurie

    Unfortunately, there are more than enough people out there who welcome government cuts such as this, part of “small government”, don’t you know.

  • dmoore2222

    Wait until their house catches fire and see how they love it.

  • dmoore2222

    This is what lazy democrats allowed to happen by not showing up at the polls in 2010.

  • LateNightLarry

    In 1978, when California’s Proposition 13 passed and cut property taxes by at least 50%, my local fire department was forced to issue layoff notices to the ENTIRE paid staff, because Prop 13 cut the departments revenue by 55%. The lamebrain legislators in Sacramento finally did something and funded all special districts to the previous year’s level, so we didn’t have to lay the firemen off. During the year that followed, we passed a fire service fee which funded the department, but we had one person who vocally opposed it, saying he didn’t need a fire department because his house never caught fire (he didn’t say YET!) … Never mind that the department also provided Emergency Medical Services… and he was over 70 and way overweight, and would need the EMS services before the fire services.

  • dmoore2222

    It amazes me how some people think taxes are somehow unnecessary. I was brought up believing that all should pay for the common good, from low income to high income. Especially K-12 education, infrastructure and safety services. Without these vital services we’re no better than a third world country. Police and firefighters put their lives on the line every day. There’s no way of predicting what will happen at any particular time in the dangerous situations they face. They should have any cuts restored and their wages DOUBLED. I would be happy to pay for that. These childish morons who think all of this stuff is fluff out to take a close look at boondoggles like JobsOhio if they really want to see wasteful government.

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