Kent Voters to see Police Levy Again on November Ballot

Proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase would pay to build new police station, would expire in 2038

It's official. Kent voters will again cast ballots on a proposed 0.25 percent income tax increase that would pay to build a new Kent Police station.

Kent City Council voted Wednesday to send the issue back to the ballot in what was council's final action on the issue.

Now, one year after voters rejected the idea of a tax hike to build a new police department they will be asked the same question.

In November 2012 voters rejected Issue 11, which would have raised Kent's income tax from 2 percent to 2.25 percent to pay to build an estimated $18.36 million police building in the Day Street block. Kent residents cast 4,240 votes for the tax increase and 5,163 against the tax.

There are two differences in what voters rejected in November 2012 and what they will see on the ballot this coming November.

The proposed tax increase, if approved, would generate $1.3 million annually to pay debt service for the new building.

The new ballot issue includes a sunset provision, which means the tax increase — if approved — would expire in December 2038.

And the new ballot issue would be used only to pay for the police station. The previous ballot issue included language that stipulated excess revenue generated annually by the tax increase would contribute to street repairs.

Concerned Neighbor May 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Sorry, this needs defeated. $18 million is just too much. How did Brimfield do theirs? Much less money, no additional taxes. We need to get more creative than, let's just add a tax. After the additional school Levy, this is too much. I'm going to have to move to Hudson to lower my taxes.
Mary Ann May 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM
The communities surrounding Kent have 2% income taxes and newer, functional police stations. It is not clear why Kent has to increase the income tax to accomplish what other communities in the area have done with a 2% income tax. For those of you planning to sell your houses before 2038, you may want to consider how higher than average income and property taxes will affect your prospects of finding a buyer.
Nolan Thrice May 16, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Your ENTIRE response just solidified your stupidity with each and every word you typed. "Move to Hudson" was the doozy. You obviously have NO clue just how much taxes are in Hudson. Secondly, you compared Brimfield Township to the City of Kent. Try comparing apples to apples next time. And finally, $18m is too much? According to whom? Oh, your opinion. That's right -- you're too lazy to actually cite FACTS that it's "too much"? If there's another, VIABLE way to pay for a much-needed new/updated police station, then by all means, present it.
James Thomas May 16, 2013 at 03:17 PM
If I'm reading this right it is far more than just 18 million. The tax runs for 25 years at 1.3 million per year right? That works out to 32.5 million, about double the cost of the projected new building. Please turn down this tax.
Concerned Neighbor May 16, 2013 at 03:18 PM
First of all Nolan, moving to Hudson was sarcasm, obviously not your forte. And as for other methods to pay for it, how about something equal for all, rather than just folks with income. How about every property pays a set fee not based on value. How about we get Mr Burbick to refurbish the existing PD? he seemed to be able to take a structure with barely a roof, and fix it up for a few million.
x May 16, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Who owns the Ametek building on Lake St.?
Strelock May 18, 2013 at 03:31 AM
@ Nolan Thrice: Actually your comment solidifies YOUR stupidity. Ever heard of sarcasm? And besides, he's right. Hudson is the same 2% income tax Kent currently has, so with the levy it would be .25% MORE than Hudson. And not only that, Kent has a higher property tax rate than Hudson as well. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=hudson+ohio+income+tax+rate&l=1 http://kent.patch.com/articles/kent-s-tax-rate-for-2013-rises-slightly Maybe it's YOU that's too lazy to even check the facts before insulting someone and making yourself look like a tool.
Strelock May 18, 2013 at 03:33 AM
I heard the city got it in exchange for the new building downtown + parking, but I am not sure about that. Being that it is a fairly large building with nice large fenced in parking lot for police cars, seems like it would be a great start for a new station.
Strelock May 18, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Equal for all, eh? Please vote it down! It's not equal for someone like me, who lives outside of Kent and works in an area of Franklin that somehow Kent finagled into paying City taxes without getting City safety services. They can all come down to eat at the Subway by Acme but if someone needs Police the county provides it! And yet we pay City taxes! How messed up is that!
in one year my property taxes have been increased 3 times: library levy, school levy and reassessment of property value. i'm sure many others feel the same way - no more levies.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! May 18, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Maybe we could stop all the tax abatement nonsense and make some money from all the crap going on downtown.


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