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The Facts on Issue 1

For Our Safety

On May 2, 2017, Brunswick voters will consider an issue to provide for continued Police and Fire Services in our community. The ballot issue will read as follows:

…PROVIDING FOR A SIXTY-FIVE ONE-HUNDREDTHS PERCENT (0.65%) LEVY ON INCOME FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAINTAINING STAFFING LEVELS FOR THE SAFETY FORCES OF THE CITY FOR A FIVE (5) YEAR PERIOD COMMENCING ON JANUARY 1, 2018 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2022 to REPLACE THE EXISTING FIVE-TENTHs PERCENT (0.5%) LEVY EXPIRING ON DECEMBER 31, 2017…

How are these services currently funded?

The Police and Fire Divisions are primarily funded by two dedicated safety income tax levies. In 2016, these levies provided approximately 75% of the safety forces funding. The current dedicated 0.50% income tax will expire at the end of 2017. Maintaining the existing safety staffing and services will require additional funding.

How much of an increase is needed?

The current temporary tax rate is 0.50%, and the new, temporary levy rate would be 0.65%, an adjustment of 0.15% (that is, fifteen-hundredths of one percent).

How much more will this cost me?

The actual amount depends on your annual income.  For example:

For an income of: Annual amount: or, a daily amount of:
$50,000 $75.00 annually 21 cents
$75,000 $112.50 annually 31 cents
$100,000 $150.00 annually 41 cents

 

The actual amount depends on your annual income.  For example:

For an income of:
$50,000
Annual amount:
$75.00 annually
or, a daily amount of:
21 cents
For an income of:
$75,000
Annual amount:
$112.50 annually
or, a daily amount of:
31 cents
For an income of:
$100,000
Annual amount:
$150.00 annually
or, a daily amount of:
41 cents

This easy to use calculator will let you know exactly how much the new temporary adjustment will cost you based on your actual income.

Safety Levy Calculator

How much more will this replacement safety levy cost me?
This form calculates the proposed additional income tax of the replacement levy.
For most people this will be box 18 of your W-2's. ORC Section 718 defines taxable income

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Why is additional revenue needed?

We will use the revenue to maintain our existing police and fire divisions staffing levels for an additional five years.

I receive retirement and/or investment income — how will this affect me?

According to state law, retirement and investment incomes are not taxable for this levy. You can find an additional definition regarding taxable income in Ohio Revised Code Section 718.

When would this increase take place?

The new, five year income tax rate would be effective on January 1, 2018 and would expire on December 31, 2022.

The Brunswick Divisions of Police and Fire offer many safety services to our community:

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Emergency Medical Service

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Firefighters and Paramedics

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Neighborhood Watch

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Hazardous Materials

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Technical Rescue

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School Resource Officers

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Bike and Park Patrols

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Safety Town

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Car seat inspections and installations

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"Firefighter Phil" public safety education in schools

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BCPAAA - Project Lifesaver

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Business Liaison

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Family Assistance Coalition Team

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Drug Task Force

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Block Parties, Safety Days, Tours

What has the temporary funding meant to our community?

The temporary levy allowed the city to maintain its safety forces staffing levels for the past ten years. With the support of the community, we continue to provide award winning service at an affordable cost.

How can I get more information regarding the levy?

You may always contact the City Manager or Finance Director or your Councilperson for more information regarding Income Taxes. If you would like a speaker for your community group, please call 330-558-6826.