Iroquois County voters are urged to learn about the value of a public safety tax and how the money generated from a proposed quarter-cent tax will enhance the good of the county.
Voters November 8 are being asked to support a quarter-cent tax on just certain items. It’s the fourth attempt for such a tax that would generate monies for additional sheriff deputies, squad cars, sheriff department and 9-1-1 equipment and partial funding for emergency dispatchers.
9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble took the educational message to the Chebanse Township Fire officials in Clifton and the Watseka City Council (Tuesday evening).
New and improved communication equipment upgrades, Dubble says, is being pushed. That’s reason for the need to vote in favor of the minimal tax, to raise monies for upgrades to communications.
A successful referendum would raise just over $400,000 per year.
Dubble told the Watseka officials the city would benefit...
“Watseka could save $40,000 a year on the amount the city provides for its share of the joint dispatch,” Dubble told the city council. “Additional police patrol would develop in and outside the city limits,” she added.
Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood and aldermen pledged their support for the public safety tax.