City of Martins Ferry

Martins Ferry Seeks Police Levy

Posted on: October 12, 2016

The Martins Ferry Police Department is seeking citizens’ support to pass a 5 mil levy. If passed, the levy would generate $300,000 earmarked directly for the police operations budget.


The levy is needed to offset the loss of Local Government Funds which have been reduced substantially over the past several years by the state government. ?A large portion of the Local Government Funds have been a traditional source of funding for Martins Ferry’s safety forces. ?These cuts, enacted by the State of Ohio, have made it impossible to sustain a fully staffed Police Department.


Passage of this levy would ensure a stream of funding for the Police Department as well as decrease the amount of money now being used to support the police from the city’s General Fund. ?As a result, the General Fund would be able to support other city departments such as Street and Cemetery.


Should the levy fail, deep budget cuts would take place resulting in a reduction in police officers, dispatchers, and ultimately a less safe Martins Ferry.


The cost of the 5 mil levy to a property owner is dependent on the value of the property owned. ?For example, a home worth $80,000 would have a gross tax increase of $140. ?When the Homestead Reduction is included, the actual tax would be $96.25. For less than the price of two tickets to a major league sporting event or concert, a citizen can insure police protection throughout their city.


Election day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. ?All precincts in Martins Ferry vote at the Martins Ferry Schools Complex.

For more information about the levy, please contact the Martins Ferry Police Department at (740) 633-2121.

Crime Watch Update Meeting Slated

Posted on: May 19, 2013

A Crime Watch Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 12th at 6pm in the American Legion Post 38 meeting hall. ?This meeting will update citizens on current areas of concern in the city and ways to help the police protect our neighborhoods.

Citizens are encouraged to become actively involved in this program by joining with neighbors and forming groups to share information about suspicious activities on their street. ?This meeting will review ways to take action and make our city safer.

For more information contact the Mayor’s office at 740-633-2876. ?

City-Wide Crime Watch Meeting Set

Posted on: August 19, 2012

During the City Council Meeting?on August 15th, Councilman Bob Krajnyak announced the date of a city-wide Crime Watch meeting.? The meeting will take place on Saturday September 22 at 6pm?in the American Legion Hall on South Zane Highway.? All citizens are?encouraged to attend.

The Crime Watch program?has been?managed?by Sgt. Beth Scales of the Martins Ferry Police Department as a way to empower citizens with information regarding recognizing and reporting suspicious activities.? It is an excellent way for people to get involved in making their community a better, safer place in which to live.

For more information on this important community program contact the Martins Ferry Police Department at 740-633-2121.