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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Election - April 7: Postponed to June 2 Proposition Public Safety

The cost of providing adequate Police, Public Works, and Code Enforcement services to residents has risen over the years and continues to rise.  The City of Byrnes Mill must increase funding to these departments in order to offer competitive salaries and incentives to attract and retain qualified Police Officers and Public Works employees.  That is why, on April 7, 2020, the City is asking its residents to consider establishing a 1% sales tax increase dedicated to improve all aspects of Public Safety within the city.  But who will pay for the new tax?  Anyone who makes a retail purchase within the City of Byrnes Mill will be assessed an additional 1% in sales tax.  So for example, on a $1.00 purchase, an additional $0.01 would be charged.  Note, this will not increase prescription drug costs, auto fuel costs, or durable medical tax. By passing a sales tax, the cost is shared by everyone who makes purchases in the city rather than just Byrnes Mill residents.

Not having adequate funding has left the Byrnes Mill Police Department, Public Works Department and Code Enforcement operating with a shortage of qualified individuals because the City has been unable to offer competitive salaries and benefits compared to other departments in the area.  With additional funding the City would be able to hire additional Police Officers and Public Works employees and extend Code Enforcement from a part time to full time position, better retain the officers and employees that we already have, and be better equipped to keep up with the needs of our growing city.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact City Hall at 636.677.7727 x221

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