Willard voters asked to approve tax for police

Funds collected would enable to the police department to keep a full-time detective, a full-time juvenile officer who will assist the detective and a school resource officer.
Aaron Krause
Oct 30, 2012

Willard officials will ask voters on Nov. 6 to approve a 1/8 percent, five-year income tax levy to pay for police personnel hired from funds collected from the current/previous tax levy.

This tax, while technically not a renewal, replaces an identical tax that expired on Sept. 30. The tax cannot be called a "renewal tax," since the previous tax will not be in effect for three months before the new tax would become effective.

The funds collected would enable to the police department to keep a full-time detective, a full-time juvenile officer who will assist the detective and a school resource officer. The city would not be able to use the funds for any other purpose.

A household with a $40,000 annual income would pay $50 on this tax.

Willard City Manager Brian Humphress noted that voters have previously passed this levy request.

"We're hoping that people have seen the benefit of these programs and what these officers can do when they have the time to do it," he said, citing, for example, detective work and an officer working in the school with students.

Although it's a low key campaign "I think the word's getting out," Humphress said.

If voters do not approve the request, at some point, city officials will have to lay off police personnel, the city manager said.

The tax would be levied on salaries and wages, tips, commissions, bonuses, sick pay, incentive payments, partnership income, rental income, lottery winnings exceeding $2,000, ordinary portions of lump sum distributions and income reported on IRS Form 4797 and Schedules C, F and K.

Those having incomes from pensions only would not have to pay this tax.

If the tax is approved by voters, it will go into effect on Jan. 1 and last until Dec. 31, 2017. The tax would generate about $260,000 a year.