Some Defiance residents are not in favor of a proposed income tax levy for police and fire services.
At least one person has filed a “form 30D” with the Defiance County Board of Elections, naming himself as treasurer of a political action committee known as “Citizens for Financially Responsible Defiance.“
The city is requesting a 0.3-percent levy for police and fire services only at the Nov. 5 general election.
If approved, the levy is expected to generate approximately $1.4 million annually to help fund the city’s police and fire departments. At present, those departments use $4.4 million of the city’s $9.2 million general fund.
If the 0.3-percent increase passes, it would raise the city’s income tax rate from 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent. Eighty percent of the existing 1.5 percent income tax goes to the general fund while the remaining 20 percent is reserved for capital improvements.