Issue 4

Akron Fire Station 4
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

The city of Akron invited residents to have a look inside its two new fire stations at ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday.

Residents got to see how the city is spending Issue 4 money at the fire stations in Middlebury and downtown.

photo of Akron police roll call
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron City Council will vote tonight on whether to spend more than $500,000 on new tasers, helmets and computers for the Police Department.

The lion’s share of the money -- $400,000 – will go toward 165 Tasers to replace aging units that are already in use.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples says she’s confident council will approve the request this evening. And she hopes council will next consider buying surveillance cameras for high crime areas such as the ones in her ward.

photo of Dan Horrigan
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

  In Akron, city officials were successful in their drive to convince voters to approve a quarter percent increase in the city's income tax.  The increase will be dedicated to public safety and roadway improvements.  Unofficial estimates show the levy got 70 percent of the vote.

In Summit County, a levy renewal to support Summit Development Disabilities easily passed.  It got almost 80 percent of the vote.