FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief of Police Michelle Lee
City of Kent to Hold Community Meeting Regarding Issue 4 and the Need for a Police Facility
– (Oct. 8, 2013) – The City of Kent will hold an important community meeting on Oct. 15 to discuss the .25% temporary earned income tax (Issue 4) and the need for a police facility. The meeting will be held in the Kent Police Station training room. Tours of the police station will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and the community meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
During the meeting, city officials will present the facts of the temporary earned income tax issue and residents will be given a chance to ask questions.
“The current facility was originally built in 1924,” said Chief of Police Michelle Lee. “Despite significant investments made to prolong its service-life, it has been determined through several studies that the building has finally reached a point where it would cost more to fix it than it would cost to build a new one.”
It also costs twelve times more to maintain and repair the aging facility than comparable city buildings.
Studies of the building have found it to be deficient in several areas that include jail compliance, electrical system compliance, plumbing, fire safety compliance and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The City of Kent has also received written notice from Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections that it is not compliant and runs the risk of being shut down.
If the measure passes, the temporary earned income tax will take effect in 2014, allowing the city to generate $1.3 million annually for the bond payment. Those who earn $50,000 annually would pay approximately $10.42 per month. The tax will only be used to pay off the building and will expire once payments are complete.
“The temporary earned income tax is an important issue for the City of Kent,” said City Manager Dave Ruller. “The idea to build the proposed facility was not a snap decision. After much research and planning, it became clear that continuing to dump money into the building would be fiscally irresponsible. Through this meeting, we want to give residents the opportunity to see the deteriorating facility first-hand and better understand the need.”
For more information regarding the Kent Police Department, please visit http://www.kentpd.org/income-tax-issue.