Thursday, July 19, 2012
Council to place 0.25 percent income tax hike request on November ballot.
Kent City Council is moving forward with plans to place a citywide income tax increase for a new police facility on the Nov. 6 ballot, but at a reduced rate of 0.25 percent from the 0.5 percent proposed in June. Councilman Wayne Wilson said Wednesday the percentage reduction is the lowest the city can possibly go and still achieve its goal of constructing a “long-overdue building” for the Kent Police Department. The proposed hike would permanently raise the city income tax rate from 2 percent to 2.25 percent. Council also modified its ordinance verbiage to indicate that funds generated by the measure – about $1.3 million annually – would be used for property acquisition, design, construction, maintenance and repairs, future expansion or …
Friday, May 27, 2011
Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee says Ohio gun law is fine as is
A proposal to allow permit-holding gun owners to carry their concealed weapon into a bar and other places that serve alcohol doesn't make sense to Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee. Similar bills have passed in the Ohio House and Senate that would allow it, and Ohio legislators are expected to approve a final bill and send it to Ohio Gov. John Kasich to be signed into law. "Alcohol and guns don’t mix," Lee said. "It’s tough because … I’m pro gun. Being a cop you kind of have to be. But on the other hand, it’s not for everybody. I think a lot of these people who go get (concealed-carry) permits, I don’t think they’re all self-defense minded. I think a lot of them it’s sort of a novel thing to do. There’s a variety of reasons I think why people…
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
New chief sworn in with 5 other officers at Kent City Council
Kent Police Chief Michelle Lee was officially sworn in as the department's new chief tonight by Kent City Manager Dave Ruller before a packed Kent City Council meeting. Lee, who is replacing outgoing Chief James Peach, will become Kent's first female police chief. Lee's swearing-in was followed by the promotion of five officers in the police department, who are all moving up as a result of Peach's retirement. "This is kind of a unique situation," Kent Safety Director William Lillich said. Check back with Kent Patch for updates on this breaking news story.