If we have a growing population adding more taxpayers, why do we need to increase the tax levy through referendum?

Each year the County’s budget increases based off the net new construction. Our current growth has allowed our operating levy to increase by about 2%. This has allowed us to address some priorities and offset some inflationary pressures. However, the amount received from net new construction alone is not enough to keep up with the demand for our public safety services.

Net new construction refers to the increase in the assessed value of only new or improved property. When new buildings are constructed or existing buildings are improved, the assessed value of the property usually increases. It's important to note that not all new construction counts towards net new construction. For example, construction of exempt properties such as churches, schools, and government buildings are not included in the calculation of net new construction.

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1. What is the proposed public safety referendum on the ballot?
2. What will appear on the ballot?
3. What will it mean if a majority of voters vote “yes”?
4. What does it mean if a majority vote “no” and the referendum fails?
5. What is the cost per household?
6. Would this increase be permanent?
7. Why do we need a referendum to raise the tax levy limit?
8. If approved, when will the tax levy increase go into effect and how soon will these positions be available?
9. If we have a growing population adding more taxpayers, why do we need to increase the tax levy through referendum?
10. Where do I find voting information?