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Onaway Faces Budget Deficit, Looks For Ways To Fix It

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A city facing a budget deficit, is looking at ways to fix the problem and they are asking for input from taxpayers.

Like many communities, the City of Onaway is facing the deficit as a result of falling property values.

That has ultimately lowered the City's tax collection, which is their primary source of general operation.

One of the ways they are looking at getting back on track is to eliminate the City's Police Department.

The Onaway City Manager, Joe Hefere says,

     "We have a one man police department.  The annual cost on that is about seventy-five to eighty thousand dollars.  That's what we've been investing in for the last three or four years...we've invested nothing into our streets."

Tomorrow the city will begin sending out a three option survey to taxpayers for their feedback.

The City is asking for everyone to participate and return them by February 1st.

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