Monroe Fire and Police Departments asks voters to approve tax renewal

Elections set for November 18th

MONROE, La. - Six Monroe property tax renewals are on the November 18th ballot.     

Those propositions will bring in more than $5 million for the City of Monroe each year for the next decade. 

But, without them public safety leaders say without the needed revenue it will be a constant struggle.

Public safety is an essential part of the community. Firefighters and police officers called on to serve and protect. 

Now they are asking voters to come forward and return the favor. 

"We hope that the citizens will support us with the passage of this tax and allow us to exceed the standard of the level of patrolling, police security and public safety they are used to," said Interim Police Chief Eugene Ellis. 

Combined the Monroe Fire and Police Departments have an estimated annual budget of $26 million.

If propositions #4 and #5 fail, the result could mean losing $1.2 million every year. 

Money the two departments say is crucial to providing top level services. 

Monroe Fire Department Chief Terry Williams said, "If the tax is not approved it's just going to compound the deficit we are already facing," he further explained," If it continues i don't know how long we can continue to maintain without having to make some cuts or do or take some other drastic measures."

Officials say the money from the property tax renewals will  be used to purchase new equipment vehicles, uniforms and tools that are vital to help the departments perform their duties. 

"Everything we deal with on the Monroe Fire Department is expensive. Anytime you see a firefighter on a fire scene you can imagine we have invested $10,000 in that one particular firefighter," said Williams. 

Interim Police Chief Ellis also shared how costly equipment is for his department. Last, year he says the department purchased 32 new Tahoes. 

"To fully equip one single police car it is approximately 50,000 per vehicle," said Ellis.  

The departments say when life, health and safety are involved the price tag will always be high. So, now their hoping voters will pass the tax continuations to help them maintain public safety. 


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