By Other Voices
In response to Herman Sigmund’s Letter to the Editor dated Aug. 10, 2020:
Infrastructure improvements are always a good investment. I have been attending Strongsville City Council meetings the past two years and am impressed with the volume of sound investments that have been made with our tax dollars.
As examples, I submit the culvert project on Ohio 82, the traffic signalization project and the upgrade to our wastewater treatment facility.
According to Fire Chief Jack Draves, a fifth fire station in the center of town should reduce response times from six to four minutes, when life-saving seconds matter most. The levy on the November ballot is for additional staffing and equipment and not the building of a new station.
When the pandemic hit Ohio and our income tax revenue declined, the mayor eliminated overtime, creating a Fire Department staffing shortage. City Council considered hiring part-time firefighter/paramedics to fill these gaps, but ultimately decided to give our residents the opportunity to vote on funding these staffing shortages by hiring additional full-time firefighters.
Taxpayers should ask themselves if they can afford it and if it’s worth it. You/we decide, which is entirely different than “Strongsville is once again trying to strong-arm its citizens.”