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City of Longmont Ballot Issue 2H

Shall city of Longmont taxes be increased $6.2 million annually in the first full year and by such amounts as are raised annually thereafter by increasing the city sales and use tax rate from 3.275 percent to 3.53 percent, which is an increase of two and fifty-five one hundreth cents on each ten dollar purchase, beginning January 1, 2018, with proceeds used exclusively to increase the level of service for public safety in the city of Longmont, including, but not limited to: • police officers and personnel for traffic enforcement and to investigate sex assaults; • police officers to ensure safety of officers and to improve emergency response; • emergency dispatchers for 911 response; • firefighters to ensure safe and sufficient response to emergencies; • personnel to support emergency public safety responders; and • police and fire equipment and facilities to ensure safety; shall the revenues from such tax and any investment income earned from such revenues be collected and spent as a voter-approved revenue change under section 20 of article x of the Colorado constitution; and shall ordinance o-2017-46, which increases the sales and use tax rate, be approved?Yes__ No__MAJOR PROVISIONS:The City of Longmont is asking voters to approve a 0.255% increase to the existing public safety tax. The proposal raises the current 0.325% public safety sales tax to 0.58% (this equals about 2.5 cents per $10 spent on taxable goods).This less-than-1 percent increase is a dedicated public safety sales tax to be used to hire more police officers, dispatchers, firefighters, and support staff and to purchase the equipment and facilities to provide public safety services.A VOTE “YES” MEANS: Tax revenues will be available to increase emergency services.A VOTE “NO” MEANS: Public Safety services in the city of Longmont will not expand unless other funding sources are used. BACKGROUND:The Longmont City population (currently, 95,000) has grown by 10,000 people in the past 10 years.Examples of growth in service demands: Emergency police calls for Longmont will probably exceed 14,500 for 2017. This represents a 15% increase from 3 years ago.Fire/ems calls are up 80% over the past 10 years and are on track to exceed 10,900 for 2017. With regard to fire calls, professional associations now recommend 4 firefighters per call (Longmont provides 3).Violent crime, including sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against elderly are up 30% since 2012. Traffic volume and accidents have risen 30% over the past decade.Computer fraud and other technology-related crimes are uncalculated but believed to be rising.
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Those IN FAVOR Say: 1. Public safety resources have not met the increasing demands of a growing community. More police officers are needed to meet the increase in violent crime, crimes against the elderly, and traffic accidents.  More firefighters are needed in light of evolving professional standards and increased combustibility of modern building materials. Relatedly, additional dispatchers are needed for significantly increased 911 demands.

2. This tax is necessary to support the public safety needs for a growing community that will continue to grow.
Those OPPOSED Say:

No organized opposition was identified before going to printing.

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