Monument Again Calls on Voters to Increase Sales Tax for Police Services | Elections 2021 | New
The town of Monument will ask voters again in November to raise the local sales tax rate to fund policing services, a move that supporters say would help local law enforcement meet growing needs. public security.
Voters on Nov. 2 will decide whether to increase the city’s sales tax by half a percent, from 3% to 3.5%, to fund police services. The tax increase would generate around $ 1.65 million per year for municipal police and create a dedicated source of funding for the department.
Monument’s population has grown by 34% in the past 10 years and calls to police have increased by 53%, city staff previously said. The department said it plans to use the money to hire eight more officers, repair or replace patrol cars and hire a sex assault detective. The Monuments Police are also planning a special unit to tackle vehicle burglaries, drugs, residential burglaries and human trafficking, officials said.
Voters overturned a similar voting measure last November, with more than 57% of residents against.
Monuments Police Chief Sean Hemingway told city administrators in July residents told him they voted against the measure last year because they were confused by the language of the ballot, and it was not clear whether the funds would go only to the police department.
A spring municipal survey of 563 registered voters found 60% would support a local sales tax increase supporting law enforcement, with 27% opposed and 13% undecided.
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