Niles council discusses fiscal emergency plan

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Niles City Council gave the mayor’s proposed fiscal emergency recovery plan a first reading Wednesday night.

Council will hold two special council meetings next week to give it final approval.

A controversial part of the plan calls for the city to keep its 911 dispatchers, with concessions, if voters pass the income tax levy during March’s primary election. Two council members wanted the county to take over dispatching services to save money, but that was rejected.

The plan also includes new revenue from a city impound lot that could open April 1.

It also calls for more across-the-board layoffs if the levy doesn’t pass.

The plan needs City Council’s and the Niles Financial Planning and Supervision Commission’s approval before the State Auditor’s Office will consider it.

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