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The Town of Frederick Board of Trustees voted to approve a resolution for a measure to be placed on the 2018 election ballot this November. The measure asks Frederick residents whether or not they want to put in place a 1% sales and use tax to be paid by any person who purchases taxable items in the Town of Frederick. The tax would go into effect in 2019 and all revenues from the tax would be spent on police services only.
Since 2012, the Town of Frederick has seen a 32% increase in population and the number of calls for service has doubled, but due to the lack of a dedicated revenue source, the police department’s staffing levels have not kept up with the growth and service demand. In addition, calls for service requiring two or more officers have increased while current staffing levels do not always accommodate two officers per shift. Recently, the increase in criminal investigations is exceeding the capacity of one detective. This has created the need to outsource investigation assistance in some of the more egregious criminal cases, and to utilize patrol officers to investigate less complex cases.
Prior to the vote, Mayor Tony Carey stated, “As members of the Board it is our responsibility to look forward and plan for the future of our community. Currently more than half of the town’s General Fund goes for police services within the Town of Frederick, which impacts other funds, programs and services that the town provides to the community.”
The full ballot language is as follows:
SHALL THE TOWN OF FREDERICK TAXES BE INCREASED BY $1,950,000 ANNUALLY COMMENCING IN 2019 AND THEN ANNUALLY BY SUCH ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS AS ARE RAISED THEREAFTER FROM THE LEVY OF AN ADDITIONAL SALES AND USE TAX OF 1 (ONE) PERCENT, BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2019, WITH PROCEEDS USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES (POLICE SERVICES), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONAL EXPENSES, SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT, AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURES RELATING TO POLICE SERVICES AND SHALL SUCH TAX REVENUES BE COLLECTED UPON THE TOWN’S EXISTING SALES AND USE TAX BASE, RETAINED, AND SPENT AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANY REVENUE EXPENDITURE LIMIT CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?More information on this measure can be found at the link below.