For a quarter of a century, the city of Tiffin has lived within its means. To meet the challenges of this recession, the city has reduced staff and reduced work hours, with fire and police unions giving concessions to maintain emergency services. Employee insurance contributions increased while wages remain at 2008 levels. The city could have weathered the economic storm. That is, until Gov. John Kasich eliminated the estate tax and balanced Ohio's budget by cutting most local government funding. Tiffin's income loss is nearly $803,500, slightly more than 8 percent of the general fund budget. This will result in significant cuts to fire/EMS and police staffing.