Sixty percent of the voters in Tuesday’s general election voted for the levy. According to unofficial results, there were 3,119 supporting votes and 2,053 against it.
Norwalk property owners of a home valued at $100,000 will pay $31.50 per year.
“The additional revenue generated by the levy will enhance safety in our city by allowing us to hire an additional full-time officer, putting us at our authorized full strength for the first time in many years. It will also enhance our ability to meet continuing education/training requirements for all employees, so (our officers) are better prepared to properly handle all manner of emergencies facing them,” Conney said.
The current .09-mill property tax levy had been in place since 1976, but didn’t adjust for inflation. It automatically renewed at property valuations from 1976.
Councilman Dave Wallace, who served Norwalk as a firefighter for more than 16 years, supported the levy, despite the rise in taxes. Owners of a home valued at $100,000 were paying $5.24 annually under the previous tax.
“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.
“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.”
Conney also addressed the financial strains that the updated levy will present, but he appreciates the support from the Norwalk community.
“I know from experience how difficult it can be financially to make ends meet at times and deeply appreciate our citizens’ willingness to give to help keep our community safe. The support of the community is extremely important to us; we are blessed to have it and couldn’t function properly without it. The men and women of the Norwalk Police Department love this city and its people and thank all of you for your support. Because of you, we continue to stand ready to protect and serve,” the chief said.