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Wallace: Supporting police replacement levy is worth tax increase

Cary Ashby • Nov 1, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Norwalk City Councilman Dave Wallace is pushing for support of the police levy on Tuesday’s ballot.

“The city conducted a survey earlier this year and the results strongly indicated that the people of Norwalk are in favor of adding an additional police officer to our force. The passage of this levy will allow the police department to hire an additional officer, along with keeping pace with operating expenses and training requirements,” said Wallace, who served the city as a firefighter for more than 16 years.

Currently, Norwalk property owners of a home valued at $100,000 pay $5.24 annually.

“The proposed levy will increase that amount of tax to $31.50 per year. I don’t like the thought of paying higher taxes any more than the next person, but I am willing to pay this increase to maintain the services that our police force currently provide and to ensure that these services are sustained for our future,” said Wallace, who represents the second ward on council.

Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney shared details about the levy in a recent letter to the editor.

“The current .09-mill property tax levy has been in place since 1976, but doesn’t adjust for inflation; it automatically renews at property valuations from 1976. There has been no increase in the levy for 42 years and current valuations can only be updated through a replacement levy,” he wrote.

“If everything it takes to maintain an effective police force cost the same now as it did in 1976, we would not be seeking an adjustment to the levy. Passage of the replacement levy would enhance the safety of our community by providing the funding needed for an additional full-time officer and increasing quality training for all department members. It would also ease the financial burden of maintaining our facility and all essential equipment as well,” Conney added.

The chief said the members of the police department strive daily to fulfill the agency’s mission: Enforcing the law and providing quality service to Norwalk citizens. 

“I am honored and proud to work with such great people, people who are willing to sacrifice and put the needs of others before their own. We work closely with our community and because of this, we have enjoyed a great deal of support from our citizens,” Conney wrote. “Thank you for your support and know that your police department is committed to keeping Norwalk a safe and great place to live.”

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