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Dean DePiero APRIL 2007 Newsletter


The May 8th Primary Election is quickly approaching and I have been working hard to solidify passage of Issue 12 - the police levy on the ballot. Since my last newsletter, the campaign has kicked into full swing, with volunteers making phone calls and knocking on doors to ensure residents understand how crucial this levy is for Parma.

The need for a fully staffed police department is critical if our neighborhoods and businesses are to remain safe. Presently, Parma only has 86 officers to guard the city 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This number is down from over 100 officers just a few years ago - a drastic reduction in force that puts this city, its residents, and its businesses at risk.

Issue 12 will provide much needed funding to bolster police presence in our neighborhoods, purchase equipment needed to fight crime, and enable the police department to increase traffic enforcement, especially in the school zones.

The average homeowner, with a home worth $136,000, would see an increase of about $7 per month in property tax if Issue 12 passes. I realize our residents need every cent they earn, but I believe this is a small amount to keep Parma safe and to keep property values strong.

Also, late last month, Parma City Council passed the City's budget for 2007. Although it was a $45 million budget, it constitutes the leanest in years. The lean budget is due in part because the City's General Fund has been supporting the police budget since 2005.

Despite the lean budget, I feel that economic development must be a priority for Parma. To reflect this belief, I created an "economic development" line-item with my direct control to fund related efforts in the City. With my oversight, my administration hopes to use this money to provide tools for businesses looking to move to Parma, create marketing tools for the City, in hopes of continuing to make Parma a place were people want to raise a family and grow a business.

Lastly, I am proud to announce my 4th Annual Charity 5K Run & 2K Fun Walk. The race will again benefit Holy Family Home located on State Road in Parma. The race is also being held in memory of my friend, Ron Jonila, the former President of the UAW Local 1005.

To learn more about the race, and register and pay online, please click here. I thank you in advance for your support of this great family event!

I also want to thank you for your continued interest in my efforts for the City of Parma. I encourage you to share these messages with friends and family, and please don't hesitate to contact me.

Dean DePiero
Mayor of Parma

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