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Three Monroe Property Taxes Up For Renewal

Three Monroe property taxes are up for renewal on Saturday.
Monroe -- A public safety tax, a drainage maintenance tax, and a recreation maintenance tax are all up for renewal. City officials want to remind you that these are not new taxes, but renewals.

On November 16th, voters will decide on three property tax renewals.

A proposed drainage maintenance tax of 1.31 mills would generate about $520,000 annually for the next ten years. Continued revenue from this tax would help with pockets of the city known to face flooding problems due to drainage challenges. It would also continue to pay for the city's drainage ditches getting mowed and cleaned.

A proposed recreation maintenance tax of 1.88 mills would generate about $746,000 annually over the next ten years, assisting in the upkeep of area and community parks, like Chennault and Forsythe.

"If it's not passed, then we could be in a situation where we would have to close some of the community centers as well as possibly some layoffs," said Director of Community Affairs John Ross.

The proposed public safety tax of 1.06 mills would generate about $420,000 for the Monroe police and fire departments.

At Thursday's media conference, public safety officials displayed outdated equipment, facilities, and vehicles. In the fire department, their newest fire truck is almost 10 years old. Monroe Fire Department want to have the best equipment when it comes to saving lives.

"We really depend on it year after year to be able to stay fiscally solid," said Detective Reggie Brown of the Monroe Police Department. "I don't know how to say this more passionately: we need the community's continued support, from a public safety standpoint."

"If it's not passed, it's going to seriously impact our ability to maintain what we have," said Terry Williams with the Monroe Fire Department.

That would possibly cause the fire department to lose its class one certification, which it only shares with only about 50 other stations out of the nation's 45,000 fire stations.

City officials say having the proposed tax renewals passed would allow them to carry over and accumulate the capital necessary to make upgrades and changes.

"If these were to fail, it would be a devastation, quite frankly, here within the city of Monroe," said Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo. "That's why we're emphasizing the significance of these essential tax renewals."

City officials say having the proposed tax renewals passed would allow them to carry over and accumulate the capital necessary to make upgrades and changes.
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