Niles officials working to get out of financial emergency

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NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Members of the Niles Planning Commission face a $1.3 Million dollar deficit in the general fund once budgets from the last two years have been sorted out.

Planning Commission members say they’ll be able to reconcile the city’s books once the adjustments from 2013 and 2014 are entered.

Ohio State Auditor David Yost discovered deficits in the 2013 and 2014 Niles budgets in Oct. 2014. The city of Niles was then placed in a state of financial emergency.To make sure this doesn’t happen again, the Niles Planning Commission is coming up with a financial recovery plan.

The city is currently installing a new computer system that will manage revenues and spending.

Niles Mayor Ralph Infante says the city has been trimming costs by lowering its spending and not filling 22 available jobs.

Infante also looked at merging its local dispatchers with the county’s, but did not do it saying he was concerned about the effects of a loss in local services.

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