Perkins Township axes seven employees

Perkins Township trustees voted Monday night to cut seven people from their employment roster.
Andy Ouriel
Jan 28, 2013

Four full-time police officers and three full-time highway workers will be laid off as of Feb. 9.*

Trustees unanimously made the decision at a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. The township faces a financial crisis resulting from decreases in property values and local government funding and a failed November tax levy.

Officials hope these cuts and a second try at the levy in May will pull the township out of its financial tailspin.

*An early version of this story had an incorrect effective date for the layoffs.

For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Register.

Comments

Señor Clown

I'd hope they're not going to put the same levy back on the May ballot that failed last November, but I wouldn't be surprised.

thinktwice

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Speakezy

Omg they killed 7 employees!!!!

ROTFLMAO

Ahhh. What's the matter Perkins, economy catching up? Next thing you know, they'll start sending their unruliness kids to Sandusky schools!

reporter54

Well, it was good a Perkins cop was on Jeopardy and won some money. Looks like he'll be needing it.

badboy

The Perkins officer and his wife were on Wheel of Fortune.

Just Thinkin

Maybe, Perkins should STOP any more building in the township, Why?, well one reason it seems that the more they build the farther the tax divide becomes, I do not understand how you can take so much farmland that pays near nothing in tax per acre, then put on 3.2 expensive homes per acre or multi million dollar stores on them ,then not have enough tax coming in? Lets stop building until the tax verse building costs catch up and balances out? or are the tax breaks for some to much.I cannot reduce my taxes nor doctor bills simply because I cant afford them, So some one better figure out where some one went wrong, PS it's not the taxpayer's so dont punish us or blackmail us the BOE already is using that trump card LOL If we lose the PD, I for one will help get each and everyone of the so called trustees voted out, Maybe they should be the ones losing the jobs !

Swamp Fox

Were any of these officers on the three year federally funded COPS grant?
If they were the township would have known the federal funding ended after three years and the local goverment is responsible to retain these officer with local funds. I give the county auditor credit, he has reduced the vast majority of properties to reflect true reduced marker values, he ran on that pledge and did it. All levels of goverment needs to learn to live within their resources and the taxpayers need to be less dependent on goverment. Cuts in nice to have programs like parks, recreation should be eliminated before safety or roads. How much would SB5 have saved Perkins Township?

Perkins Resident

Does anyone know who got laid off?

G George I du kno

There is money in Perkins they are just good at hiding it! It's a contract year folks! Every time a contract comes around they pull this stunt so the cops agree to the Twp. proposals. This is how they strongarm them and always have. I think an outside company should come in and audit the Twp. and if it is found they are hiding money the trustees should be fired! How do they have money all the time to buy just about anything they want but contract time arrives and they are always broke? I think this is something that needs to be looked into Matthew!!! Maybe the register can hire an accounting firm and demand all their financial records to see where it goes.

wiredmama222

It sounds as if, by reading the story here, that some funding ran out to the township and those who were subsidized got the axe. The trustees also let others go to cut costs.

I have to agree with whoever said they do not understand how with all those businesses out in Perkins, you have little money coming in with taxes. If the tax assessors did in fact reduce home taxes, which I find hard to believe, where is the money going?

It was my understanding that your new city hall is paid for. It came in under budget. You should be proud of that. Good for you guys. I hope it lasts a long time and you don't outgrow it for years to come. If I am wrong about that, I apologize.

But with your tax base you people in Perkins shouldn't be having a big problem funding your basic needs for police, fire, etc.

Where is all your money going? I would think someone would be watching the books a bit more closely as to the budget and the spending. All this time I have been impressed with Perkins and what they had, only to see now that it isn't the case at all. A little belt tightening is one thing with this economy. To strap yourself in like this is just ridiculous.

WiredMamba666

There were large scale property tax reductions across Perkins.

eddie albert

So, the Perkins Hwy Patrol, has to cede over some of its revenue, to the State Hwy Patrol.

Seems reasonable. The state can handle rte 2.

doppleganger

The valuation of my property went down, but my tax bill surely did not. How does THAT work???

WiredMamba666

Did you file with the Board of Revision? Our valuation went down, we filed an appeal, they lowered the taxes. You have to file the form. The Auditor, Jeffrey, streamlined the process.

donutshopguy

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Tell it how it is.

So do you want to arm teachers then?

9299

You see no value in having officers in our schools? Then, you might need to read some of the recent headlines. Your second comment is uncalled for by the way.

Free Man

I thought nasa plumbrook was going to save us all. ?

Swamp Fox

NASA Plumbrook is goverment owned, no property tax, Perkins does not have an income tax=0 revenue to Perkins...

my oh my

When are the twp residents going to wake up and call the trustees and dept heads on the carpet for misuse of funds and lack of financial/budgetary skills??????The new twp hall will look good without anyone in it...Time to reduce the "Phat" on all levels in the twp....
The monies are there they just don't know how to use them properly...Trust me ...

Cowboy

Lets just take a moment to add up all the new businesses on 250 in Perkins in the last year and wonder where all these new tax revenues went: Menchies, MeKong, Honda, Little Ceasers, the coffee shop next to Little Ceasers, the motor sports place behind Starbucks, The Party Store.

9299

Have you called the auditor's office and asked? Have you sent an email to a commissioner or school district official? Or are we just assuming that this vast amount of new funds was or is being wasted?

WiredMamba666

Probably tax abatement. They get a highly reduced rate for a year or so. That's why so many businesses last about a year in the Perk.

Swamp Fox

The majority of property taxes about 75% goes to the schools, the remainder is divided between the county, township, metro parks, health department, etc...

9299

Even if the new building hadn't been built, this situation would not have changed beyond the next year or so. The folks in Columbus are cutting local gov't and school district funding because the master plan is to force communities to consolidate and for schools to be run by private for profit businesses. As taxpayers in a community, we will get what we agree to pay for. When the township has to cut services and schools have to cut back, that means people lose jobs (service industries don't make things). Are we willing to live with reduced services and programs? If we are, then don't complain. Those who continually question the priorities of officials could help in a positive way by perhaps providing detailed input with your ideas about what the priorities should be and how to pay for those priorities. As for the township, let the building go; it's not what has created the financial issue. Assuming the offices were still on Rt. 250 or at the old school board building, how would you allocate funding to keep the current level of service when the state is reducing local funding and property values have dropped which further reduces tax dollars?

Every elected official in the school district and township is not deceitful, dishonest or trying to pull one over on the taxpayers. Most of these individuals run for elected office for reasons other than shafting taxpayers-believe or not. Some even envision a better community and are working toward that goal or are just trying to maintain what we have. What detailed suggestions do you have to help our community move forward and be progressive so that we can influence more people to live here, as well as maintain services for current residents? So, set aside the generic hyberbolic statements, and the generalizations and offer detailed solutions. Let's have an adult conversation.

donutshopguy

9299,

Either pay more taxes or lay off people.

Perkins township taxpayers decided not to pay any more taxes. So people were laid off.

How's that for an adult conversation.

9299

It's not much of a start for an adult conversation. What are your solutions? Keep laying people off? Keep cutting back services? How do we maintain or improve services? Merge with Sandusky?

Perkins2060

SB5 would have fixed this. Let the lay offs begin!!!

bearcat

BET THE ONES LOSEING JOBS WOULD VOTE FOR SB5 NOW

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