BARBERTON — A spending plan introduced Wednesday would keep the city jail open and retain four full-time firefighters whose jobs were in danger of being eliminated.
Mayor Bill Judge said in a news release he expects to avert the previously announced cutbacks with expected City Council approval of his 2019 budget proposal on March 25.
Without specifying what spending adjustments have been made, Judge said city officials "have made very difficult budgetary concessions" in order to keep the Barberton jail open and suspend the workforce reduction. He added that "operational adjustments and further agreements" will be needed as the city copes with “the continued loss of local government funds and the devastating impact of the relocation of Babcock & Wilcox." That squeeze will will make current service levels unsustainable in the near future, he said.