Kenosha's growth has first responders facing a workforce shortage

  • Source: Kenosha News
  • Published: 11/04/2018 01:48 AM

While Kenosha’s growth is a boon to the city, it has created a staffing dilemma for the police and fire departments dealing with a much higher volume of calls. Officials say they have to use overtime and some creative ways to maintain the appropriate level of service, often relying on help from neighboring communities. In order to expand the the police and fire department ranks, a referendum on Tuesday’s ballot will ask city to approve a 1.73 percent tax levy increase. Mayor John Anataramian said the referendum is needed because current state laws limit the city’s ability to raise the necessary funds through taxes. The referendum, if passed, would raise about $900,000 to fund the hiring of five police officers and two firefighters.


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