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Posted on: January 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Safer Whitehall Levy Proposal

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Whitehall City Council is currently considering legislation that would place the Safer Whitehall Levy issue on the May 2022 Primary Election Ballot, asking Whitehall residents whether or not to approve a 2.822 mill property tax levy to support the Whitehall Division of Police. 

Specifically, proceeds from the levy would be 100% dedicated by law to police operations and capital expenses, including an expansion and renovation of the Division of Police Station, the hiring of six new sworn officers and Whitehall returning to in-house police, fire and emergency medical service dispatching. Learn more about the potential levy below, or join Police Chief Crispen and his team for an upcoming Safer Whitehall Virtual Town Hall this spring (dates and registration information coming soon).

Staff are presenting general information to City Council for consideration at their January 18 meeting (see full consideration timeline below). Download the January 18 presentation slide deck here. 

Proposal Quick Facts:

  • Total Millage Requested: 2.822 mills
  • Tax Year Impacted: 2022 (With payments beginning in calendar year 2023)
  • Estimated Annual Levy Revenue: $790,000
  • Percent of Levy Revenue Dedicated to Police Operations and Capital Expenses: 100%
  • Major Benefits to Community:
    1. Renovation of Division of Police Station on S. Yearling Road, allowing for improved police operations and space for the Whitehall police force to expand
    2. The addition of six new sworn officers, offset in part by a COPS Hiring Program Grant
    3. A return to centralized, in-house police, fire and emergency medical service, improving overall emergency response times
    4. Enhanced police technology and equipment 
  • Estimated Cost to Whitehall Property Owners (Per $100,000 in home price):
    Note: All property owners in Whitehall would be subject to the levy (homeowners, property managers, businesses who own property, etc.)
    1. Standard Whitehall Home:
      • Annually: $98.77
      • Monthly: $8.23
      • Daily: $0.27
    2. Seniors with Homestead Exemption: 
      • Annually: $74.08
      • Monthly: $6.17
      • Daily: $0.20

Consideration Timeline:

  • Statement of Necessity Legislation Introduction:January 11, 2022 City Council Committee Meetings
    • Purpose – Request that Franklin County Auditor evaluate Whitehall valuations and calculate how much 2.83 mills (the proposed levy) would generate annually

  • Statement of Necessity Legislation Presentation and Consideration: January 18, 2022 City Council Voting Meeting
  • Ballot Legislation Consideration:  February 1, 2022 City Council Voting Meeting
  • Primary Election Issue Filing Deadline: February 2, 2022
  • Safer Whitehall Virtual Town Hall #1: Enter date
  • Safer Whitehall Virtual Town Hall #2: Enter date
  • Ballot Inclusion: May 3, 2022 Primary Election
  • Property Tax Year Impacted: 2022 (With payments beginning in Calendar Year 2023)

Questions? 

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