Aurora City Police Levy Increase (November 2011)
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will not appear on a ballot
This measure was removed from the ballot after the city was able to reach an agreement with the Police union and scale back the required number of officers needed.
This measure had sought to increase the current city property tax by a rate of $24 a year per $100,000 of assessed property value. The money would have gone towards funding more police officers, meeting the requirement of two officers per 1,000 residents. Some officials noted that this additional tax increase would have just put further strain on the city budget and was not worth the hassle. The city had implemented a tax increase in 1993 to pay for the police force, but as the population grew the sales tax was not able to keep up with the increased need for police officers. Currently, the city pays $6 million from the general city fund to close the deficit for police protection.
- The Denver Post, "Aurora, police union reach tentative deal on staffing impasse," August 27, 2011
- The Aurora Sentinel, "Aurora City Council gives OK to rec center, police staffing questions for ballot," August 8, 2011
- The Denver Post, "Aurora council sending tax hike for police hires to voters," August 23, 2011