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Gahanna's Tax Reform Vote Coming Soon
GAHANNA (James Jackson) -- The City of Gahanna faces a multi-million dollar gap in funding. But, a proposal on the November ballot could help change that.
Sara Rogers watched Friday as her Gahanna property received a touch-up. She's lived there since the 1970's and says she wouldn't mind seeing the streets around the home get a makeover too.
"It kind of, in a way, looks depressing, and I think it depreciates from the home values," Rogers said.
Gahanna Public Service officials say 17 miles of area streets are in bad shape, with crumbling curbs, cracks and potholes. They say the city needs more than $2 million a year to fix them.
However, budget cuts haven't made that possible, according to Dottie Franey, Gahanna's Public Service Director.
"It's critical. All residents want their streets to be safe," Franey said.
Gahanna's income tax reform proposal would use tax dollars to fix some of the city's problems, including funding issues at the police department.
Chief Dennis Murphy says they've felt the effects of budget cuts for five years, losing 8 officers.
"We're service providers, and you need people to provide that service. So maintaining the size of the force is important," Chief Murphy said.
Police officials say they won't be able to hire any more people if the proposal fails, while Sara Rogers says she's not sure if using tax dollars is the answer.
Residents will have their chance to weigh in by casting their votes on November 5.