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Wyoming City Public Safety Levy Implementation (May 2010)

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A Wyoming City Public Safety Levy Implementation measure will be on the May 4, 2010 ballot in the city of Wyoming which is in Kent County.

This measure seeks to implement a public safety tax of 1.25 mills on local property, averaging about $62.50 a year on a home valued at $100,000 and would be in place for a further five years. The money generated from this tax would go towards fire and police services offered in the city. The goal is to free up money in the general fund for other uses, namely keeping staff members at their current posts.[1] Victims of recent crimes and fires held one more gathering in support of this measure, hoping that other residents understand the importance of keeping fire and police staff in their jobs.[2]

Text of Measure

The text of the measure reads as follows:

To amend Section 9.1 of the Charter of the City of Wyoming to add subsection (f) to the

Charter of the City of Wyoming titled "Power to Tax: Tax Limit - Public Safety Levy" Shall Section 9.1 (f) be added to the Charter of the City of Wyoming to provide for an annual levy of 1.25 mills on the dollar for public safety for operation, maintenance and administration of police and fire services in the City of Wyoming for a period of five years? This levy shall expire June 30, 2015. The amount of revenue raised by the levy in the first

year is estimated at $2,614,435.[3]