Financial emergency sparks cuts in Connersville

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CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A financial emergency in Connersville is forcing police officials to reduce overtime and fuel consumption and limit training.

The News-Examiner reports the Board of Works and Safety declared the emergency last week after revenue estimates showed the city wouldn’t be able to meet its payroll and claims as of May 1.

Mayor Leonard Urban says the city has lost more than $3 million in revenue since he took office in 2008. He attributes part of that to the loss of about $100 million in assessed value with the closure of a Visteon plant and the statewide property tax caps that took effect in 2009.

Besides overtime and fuel cuts, police officers are losing their clothing allowance, and all outside training has been canceled.

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