Ohio city to close 2 fire stations after tax fails


CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A failed proposal to increase income taxes in one Ohio city has led officials to close two of its three fire stations beginning this weekend.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/117bhDc ) reports that the city of Chillicothe is not laying off firefighters yet, but will need to if planned retirements don't happen.

This month, voters rejected a 0.4 percent income-tax increase. It would have boosted the city's income tax to 2 percent. A portion of the new revenue would have gone straight to the police and fire departments.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Gallagher says the city is treating the closures as semi-permanent, as the tax proposal could return to voters in 2015.

Gallagher tells the newspaper there's no doubt it will take longer for fire trucks and ambulances to respond to emergencies.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com