Members of New Carlisle City Council met Monday, January 12 to discuss their options and opinions concerning deputy cuts in the wake of the failed half-percent income tax increase on the November ballot.  Though a couple of councilmen were undecided, the majority of council stated they believed that cutting back to two city deputies instead of four would most effectively save the city the amount needed to keep it in the black at the end of 2015.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly attended Monday night’s meeting along with Chief Deputy Doyle Wright.  Kelly said his department would continue to provide services for the City of New Carlisle when needed, as such services are currently provided when New Carlisle deputies are either off the clock of otherwise-engaged.

Councilman Bill McIntire said he didn’t feel comfortable in cutting the amount of deputies within the city, saying he felt the cuts would be well-published and attractive to criminals.  City Manager Kim Jones and the majority of council members said they would take the voters’ rejection of the income tax increase as a sign that the city residents don’t want to pay for more police protection.

Jones said she and Finance Director Colleen Harris have come up with a figure of $250,000 to $300,000 that must be cut in order to keep the city in good working order.  Sheriff Kelly said each deputy costs the city approximately $92,000 per year.

New Carlisle currently has three deputies, as the fourth took a position in Moorefield Township upon learning of the potential cuts.

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