Parma Moves To Avert Police, Firefighter Layoffs

PARMA, Ohio (AP) - The city council of Cleveland's biggest suburb acted to avert layoffs of police and firefighters and cuts in city services amid a $3.8 million budget deficit.

The Parma council voted Wednesday night to halve a 2 percent income-tax credit for 23,000 residents who work outside the city. That will cost a resident working outside the city and earning $40,000 about $400.

The council also will ask voters in November to raise the 2 percent income tax for all residents to 2.25 percent.

Last week, Mayor Gerald Boldt announced a 10 percent cut in every city department and plans that included laying off 15 police officers and 18 firefighters, closing swimming pools and eliminating snow removal and grass cutting for seniors.

Boldt said the city has suffered from reduced tax collections at some large industries, including the General Motors Corp. plant.

The city of 88,000 residents has 530 full-time employees and 194 part-timers.

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