BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — Satisfaction may not have been reached by all submitting questions for the 2-hour Public Forum Wednesday evening to address a proposed 3-year, 1/4-percent Income Tax Increase Levy at the May Primary Election polls. A similar levy with funds going directly into the General Fund with no earmark was turned down by voters in November.
Sixty questions in total from Delphos residents were addressed at the forum. Some questions were directed specifically to council and will be answered during a council meeting. Council members Kevin Osting, Josh Gillespie, Joe Martz and Jim Fortener, along with City Law Director Clayton Osting, attended the meeting. Since council was not “in session,” they were not permitted to directly respond to questions.
Questions answered by Mayor Michael Gallmeier, Auditor Tom Jettinghoff, Police Chief Kyle Fittro and Fire Chief Kevin Streets varied from the cost of doing business, to budget carry-overs, to emergency services and the 11th police officer alluded to (but not hired) in the 2014 Budget.
The majority of questions dealt with how the additional revenue created in the General Fund if the levy passes and the money generated is used for the Parks and Rec Department would be spent.