We are writing as fellow Tiffin citizens in favor of the following four local ballot issues. In each case, we believe that a vote in favor of these measures is a strong and positive vote for family well-being, business growth, and overall prosperity in our community.
First, we support the Seneca County Commission on Aging renewal of 0.3-mill to continue providing and maintaining the senior citizen services and facilities in Seneca County. The funding for these services will continue to assist all eligible senior citizens in our county to lead active, productive and independent lives. There is no incremental cost to anyone, because this one is a renewal. Great communities honor and take care of their senior citizens.
Second, we support the Mental Health and Recovery Services renewal of 0.8-mill to continue providing and maintaining the counseling and supportive services that are offered to individuals in our community who need this kind of care for their well-being. There is no incremental cost to anyone because this one is a renewal. Great communities respect the dignity of all citizens and extend an extra hand to those who need it most.
Third, we support the Tiffin City School District renewal of 1.0 mill to maintain the current funding for general permanent improvements across the school district. Given the recent "excellent" rating that the Tiffin City Schools received for the second year in a row, it is a perfect time to maintain this strong momentum with the continuation of this funding. There is no incremental cost to anyone because this one is a renewal. Great communities invest in the education of their children to enable those young citizens to build successful lives and to create stronger businesses in the future.
Finally, we support the city of Tiffin income tax increase from 1.75% to 2% to provide funding for general municipal operations, capital improvements and other critical city services. This one-quarter of one percent tax increase will replace the lost local funding that the state has cut from our Tiffin general fund budget. If this measure fails, then our town will likely face significant cuts in our police, fire, EMS, parks and other public works services. Yes, there is an incremental cost for this one, because it is an income tax increase. Great communities make tough choices to tax themselves when the need is great to ensure a strong core infrastructure that attracts good businesses and serves all citizens.
We are delighted to have our children attend Tiffin City Schools, honored to be members of this great community, and proud to call Tiffin our home now. Please join us in voting "yes" four times for well-being, growth and prosperity in our community Nov. 6.
Rob Huntington and Susan McCafferty,