Statement from Mayor Nan Whaley:
"Since the opioid epidemic began, local communities have been forced to focus our time, attention and taxpayer dollars on keeping up with this growing state of emergency. We have significantly increased our ambulance runs, augmented our police programs and have taken steps to address this devastating epidemic--without much help from the state. When a family is in crisis, it isn’t the state they call. It is the brave men and women of our local public safety forces. To, again, cut community funding would take away much-needed dollars from our first responders who are on the front lines of this epidemic. Redirecting Local Government Funds to the state will not produce results, it will cripple an already-stressed system."