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Kent police hosting levy forum, station tours tonight
JoeClark (Dec 23, 2017)


The city of Kent is hosting a community meeting at 7 tonight in the Kent Police Station training room to discuss Issue 4, a 0.25 percent earned income tax increase to fund a new police facility.

Tours of the police station will be given from 5 to 7 p.m. before the meeting.

During the meeting, city officials will present information on the need for a police facility, the facts of the income tax issue and residents will have time to ask questions.

“The current facility was originally built in 1924,” said Police Chief 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.”

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, and will 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.

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