MORE: Monroe police, fire departments cramped for space
For the past several months, city officials have been discussing several options to raise about $1.6 million revenues to cover increasing costs for safety services and to build a new police facility. The current facilities are cramped for the growing police department.
Council had initially looked at various options such as a 0.25-percent income tax increase that would go for safety services; or placing a replacement property tax of up to 5 mills for safety services or between $87.50 to $175 a year per homeowner; or reducing the reciprocity for residents who work and pay in other cities which would have cost an average resident about $700 a year.
Rubin’s proposal gained traction with council members because it provided the funding needed for safety service and additional revenues for capital project and infrastructure needs while giving residents the tax credit.
“This would be an earnings tax for those who work and shop in the city in areas where most of the emergency services calls are coming from,” she said.
Councilman Dan Clark said he is “a big supporter” of Rubin’s proposal.
“It’s (the proposed tax) being paid by those who use the services,” he said. “Business growth should pay (for the additional services provided)…. It’s an earnings tax.”
Clark said the tax credit is fair and that it won’t affect elderly residents.
“This affects a small percentage of Monroe residents,” he said. “I support the plan. I think it’s a good plan for Monroe.”