Aurora City Police Levy Increase (November 2011)

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An Aurora City Police Levy Increase measure was going to be on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the city of Aurora, which is in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]