FINDLAY — Thirty-four city workers are to be laid off effective Nov. 8 as Findlay struggles to stop the bleeding from its general fund.
Mayor Pete Sehnert said Wednesday that 18 firefighters will be among those laid off and an east side fire station — one of four in the city — will be closed. Also to be laid off are maintenance workers as well as employees in the streets, engineering, and recreation departments.
Findlay is asking voters Nov. 3 to approve a 0.25 percent increase in the city's income tax. Mr. Sehnert said if that passes, firefighters would be the first to be called back to work. The city also is applying for a federal grant that would provide funding to retain firefighters.
"If the income tax doesn't pass I don't know when anyone can be called back," the mayor said. "Hopefully, nothing happens in between like any more floods. It's kind of a mess, but every city is going through it."
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.