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WATCH: Virtual Tour of Kent Police Department

Income tax issue on November ballot would pay for construction of new police station

The Kent Police Department has posted multiple videos of inside the police station to give residents a virtual tour of the aging building.

Voters will decide in November whether to raise the city's income tax rate to build a new police station.

The proposed income tax increase of 0.25 percent would increase Kent's tax rate to 2.25 percent. The roughly $1.3 million generated each year by the tax increase would be used for property acquisition, design, construction, maintenance and repairs, future expansion or replacement of a new police building.

The total estimate for replacing the aging police station is $18.36 million.

Chris (Kit) Myers October 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Sorry, but yesterday I got a letter from the Portage County auditor informing me that my property has been reappraised, going up from $130,000 to $169,000, a hike of $39,000. I calculate that (I may be wrong and I use age as an excuse) to be a whopping 30% increase! Wow!!! While one entity of government (Portage County) is hitting me for several hundred dollars more a year, I cannot see myself providing anybody else (the City of Kent, in this case) with more money. From where is the money supposed to come? Am I supposed to raise my rents? Where are my wonderful student tenants supposed to get the money? I suppose someone from the County drove by the house, saw the new roses and salvia and said, "Wow! That's really pretty! Let's appraise ir 30% higher!" Other than a whole lot of fresh paint inside and out, new water saving toilets, a replacement shower stall and vent fan, some new kitchen cabinets and sinks, new vinyl in a kitchen, normal maintenance required on a house that's just a couple years shy of being a century home, none of which could be seen by a drive-by appraiser, it's pretty much the same house as it was last year. Volunteer more tax money? Anybody been to the grocery store lately?
Teresa K. October 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Chris: I believe you should dispute that appraisal. I know three people and their appraisals for PC have all gone down by the thousands. It couldnt hurt to give them a call and ask why the big jump. (are rentals considered commercial?) It could be an error. Chris: are you sure you can't volunteer some more tax money so we could have a new police station to match the new courthouse to match the newly remodeled hotel to match the new Acorn Alley to match the new esplanade to match the new kent city gateway to match the new crain avenue bridge? The old police station is going to stick out like a sore thumb. Could you maybe cut back on your trips to the grocery store? (yes, I'm joking)
Chris (Kit) Myers October 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Your point is very well taken, Teresa, and I'm glad you said it. Now Ruller is telling us that money is tight. Well, surprise, surprise! I have a call in to Janet Esposito re real estate appraisal. I am reasonably sure that it is because of what Kent State has paid for surrounding properties so they can have more green space. Green space and plazas are in in Kent; the sinking conditions of the average Joe or Jane is out. Politicians are quick to talk about the plight of people barely able to survive... as they bleed them dry... into the numbers making up the misery index... Go figure... Again, I digress... I don't know how people feed their families with the prices charged at Acme and Giant Eagle. I buy almost everything at Save-A-Lot, Aldi's, and Marc's, and tell my tenants about the savings.
Teresa K. October 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Chris: I would love to know what the $39k jump in your appraisal is about. If you ever find out, come back and post....lol
Chris (Kit) Myers October 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Talked on phone to Janet Esposito, and she said the county contracts for appraisal service. Will have to go to Ravenna and start digging. Thank you for your interest, Teresa. It seems as if nobody cares about things such as this until it happens to them.
Traci Monroe October 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Chris: Get a bank or real estate appraisal, if it comes in less than what the auditors office says (and I'm betting it will) take it down to the office with the reappraisal letter and they should change it. The other thing you can do is go to the Portage County website and search the property records of surrounding properties and compare them to yours and see if their value increased as much as yours. Both of these have worked for me in the past, Good Luck!!!

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