Small Ohio Town Prepares to Turn Off the Lights for Good


Interesting story from the L.A. Times about Uniopolis, Ohio, a small town besieged by money problems that will be turning off the lights — figuratively and literally — very soon. Consider it a worst-case scenario in a state where budget cuts have come from the bankrolls of small cities.

This small village of low-slung houses and squeaky swing sets in western Ohio's farm country has already laid off its part-time police officer and decided not to replace its maintenance worker, who recently retired. To save cash, Mayor William Rolston will propose Monday that the town turn off the street lights, and that Uniopolis disincorporate after more than a century in existence.

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