Independence City Police Levy Increase (April 2012)

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An Independence City Police Levy Increase measure was on the April 3, 2012 ballot in the city of Independence which is in Clay and Jackson Counties.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 3,751 (27.77%)
  • NO 9,756 (72.23%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the current property tax by a rate of $.36 per $100 of assessed property value in order to pay for more police officers, upgrading police equipment and creating eight civilian positions in the department. If approved, the tax would have generated near $3.7 million a year for police needs. City officials noted that more police officers would cut down on crime and would ensure residents feel safer.[2] This was the second attempt by the city to get additional funds for the city police force. Opponents noted that the language was too vague and that the city had mismanaged debt repayment services. Proponents had countered opposition saying that a citizens oversight committee would be in place to ensure that the funds are used as they are intended.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the City of Independence increase the general property tax rate of the City by $0.3629 per $100.00 of assessed valuation solely for the purpose of funding services provided by the police department of the City?[4][5]

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